Former Louisville, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater may have lowered his draft stock a bit after his poor showing on his Pro-day. Deciding not to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine, and then disappointing the scouts he quite possibly may not be the first quarterback taken off of the board in the NFL Draft due to a surge of consistency by other quarterback draft prospect Blake Bortles.
Interesting that Bridgewater didn't wear gloves at workout. Wore them in all games.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 17, 2014
Bridgewater usually wears gloves on the field which is rare for a quarterback. He decided for his Pro-day that he would not wear the gloves. Due to that decision he showed some accuracy issues but still performed fairly well. NFL.com writer Gil Brandt sent out a few tweets that summarize his Pro-day and maybe even justifies his sub-par performance.
Bridgewater completed 57-of-65 passes w 2 drops. Prob threw another 35x in warmup. Longest QB workout I can remember.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 17, 2014
It’s still unknown whether or not his performance makes his stock drop at all. But it does leave the question in the air, if it does cause his stock to fall where does he end up?
Obviously, since he didn't completely stun the scouts he will more than likely not be considered for the number one overall pick with the Houston Texans. So what other teams with a top 10 pick will take a look at Bridgewater?
With the fifth pick in the draft, the Raiders have a huge opportunity to draft Bridgewater who does seem to fit the Raiders offensive scheme and could become the franchise quarterback if selected which is a big need in Oakland right now. There are plenty of areas where the Raiders have needs at, but since Terrelle Pryor hasn't exactly sealed the job as of yet it becomes a huge team need if they are going to compete against the other teams in the AFC West.
Some scouts feel that the Raiders may be leaning more towards former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel (if Bortles is drafted by their pick). The Raiders lack playmakers on offense and good ol' "Johnny Football" can provide the sort of excitement they need.
Bridgewater can also excite the fans by either throwing or running which is a strong asset to have for a quarterback with such size. Something that Manziel or anyone in this draft class for that matter may not be capable of providing.
Another possible destination for Bridgewater is the Minnesota Vikings. Bridgewater may not be as flashy as Manziel or have quite as much long-term upside as Bortles but he is arguably the most polished signal caller in this class.
With his above average athleticism and strong arm he will be a great fit to put along with Adrian Peterson on the Vikings offense. They have a great wide receiver in Greg Jennings all he needs is a quarterback who can give him the ball deep down the field and Bridgewater is more than capable of doing that. With his intangibles, work ethic, and leadership qualities he is a perfect fit to help right away in Minnesota.
Honestly it makes sense for both player and team with Bridgewater being fully capable of quickly turning around the face of the franchise which is obviously on the to-do list.
Hypothetically, if he was to fall out of the top 10, definitely expect some trades to go down.
Regardless of his disappointing performance at Louisville's pro day he is still a top 10 pick plain and simple. The Browns may also look at Bridgewater, but if many believe that if wide receiver Sam Watkins is available that's who their drafting.
If he falls out of the top 10, the New York Jets may take a look at him as well if they do sign a veteran like Michael Vick. There are so many possible outcomes for Bridgewater that it's scary. Hopefully for him, the team he gets selected by is a great fit and gives him the best opportunity to be successful at the next level.
Written By: Dedrick Hendrix
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