The 2014 NFL draft is right around the corner, and many people, including both analysts and fans, are making their predraft predictions known via the Twittersphere.
Quarterbacks are expected to dominate this year’s draft, and in ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s recent mock, he lists three in the top 10. One of those three, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, has Twitter abuzz, with many analysts picking him to be the first off the board.
Let’s look at what the social media giant has to say about the ex-University of Louisville quarterback.
Many have predicted the Miami native to be a top-10 pick this year. The 21-year-old has been getting some additional attention this offseason by looking bigger and stronger than ever. Still, many think his 6'3", 196-pound frame will not land him within the first round.
Scout: Teddy Bridgewater "a second-rounder" http://t.co/fE6Fu3ECrT— NFL (@nfl) December 28, 2013
His body frame is not the only thing football fans are talking about. Along with Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, his 9.25" hand size may worry some scouts.
Hand size is dominating NFL Combine talk, and that’s bad news for Teddy Bridgewater http://t.co/cB2dYb618h— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) February 21, 2014
Column on Teddy Bridgewater, his hands, and why he might not slip past the Jaguars at No. 3: http://t.co/8sLzrhJvu4— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) February 22, 2014
That doesn’t bother Bridgewater, though, because he believes he is the best quarterback in the draft.
The Minnesota Vikings, who have had some quarterback problems recently, might go after him with their No. 8 pick. He most likely will not fall that far due to the fact that many other teams ahead of them are in dire need of a franchise signal-caller.
Newsday's Bob Glauber thinks the Texans, who hold the first overall pick this year, might forget about trading down and take Bridgewater instead.
CBS’ Phil Simms does not believe there is a franchise quarterback in the bunch. I think it is very risky to say that. With the exception of last year’s draft, dating back to 2008, at least one drafted quarterback has taken his team to the playoffs in his career. I would not be surprised if a few quarterbacks from this year eventually lead their teams to the postseason.
The thing that makes the months leading up to the NFL draft so great is that by the time it rolls around, the mock drafts are completely and totally different than when they first popped up.
Where do you think Bridgewater will land in the 2014 draft?
No one knows where Bridgewater will land. What we do know is that he will be a top-10 pick. He has gained substantial size since his final days at Louisville and has an excellent arm and speedy legs.
In today’s NFL, you cannot simply be a pocket passer or a scrambler. He knows that and will do everything it takes to become the new breed of NFL quarterback.