When the NFL Scouting Combine kicks off in Indianapolis on Thursday, the University of Louisville is have the highest number of participants in the program's history.
Five former Cardinals, including juniors Teddy Bridgewater and Calvin Pryor, will be at Lucas Oil Stadium for the events. Seniors Damian Copeland, Marcus Smith and Preston Smith are also scheduled to participate in front of NFL executives and coaches.
In three seasons with the Cardinals, Bridgewater became one of the most successful to ever wear the Red and Black. His 9,817 career passing yards and 72 touchdowns both rank third in the school record book. His 3,970 yards last season was the third best single season effort, while the 31 touchdown passes established a new school mark. He capped the past two seasons off by directing an offense that dominated in Sugar Bowl and Russell Athletic Bowl victories.
Considered by some NFL draft analysts as a potential first round selection, Pryor is one of the more physical defensive backs in the draft. He started 32 straight games at safety, recording 218 career tackles and 7 interceptions. He was a first team All-American Athletic Conference performer.
All-American defensive end Smith was the AAC Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 14.5 sacks, which were the fourth-most in school history. His 24.5 career sacks ranks among the school's top ten. His 35 career tackles for a loss is tied for fifth in program history.
Copeland was one of Bridgewater's most popular targets. A very consistent performer, he finished as the team’s top wide receiver for the second-straight season. Copeland completed his Cardinal career with 108 receptions, including at least one in 26 consecutive games.
Brown served as one of the primary leaders for one of the nation's highest-rated defensive units. The middle linebacker earned second team all-conference accolades for a second consecutive season after leading the Cardinals with 98 tackles.