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For months, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been bandied about as the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. The chances of that happening may have taken a hit Monday, however, as Bridgewater failed to dazzle at his pro-day workout.
NFL.com's Mike Mayock called the workout "average at best" and said he saw "a lot of flutters, a lot of inaccuracy" (h/t NFL.com's Mike Huguenin).
Per Dan Parr of NFL.com, there were six NFL head coaches on hand for Bridgewater's workout—Houston's Bill O'Brien, Jacksonville's Gus Bradley, Oakland's Dennis Allen, Minnesota's Mike Zimmer, Philadelphia's Chip Kelly and Tennessee's Ken Whisenhunt—along with Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Out of those six teams, the Texans, Jaguars, Raiders and Vikings are in obvious need of a franchise signal-caller.
While the consensus is that Bridgewater didn't perform up to his ability, not everyone felt that it was a total disaster. NFL.com's Gil Brandt tweeted that he's "not as down on (the workout) as some," and he also claims that Turner told him he thought it went "pretty good."
It's important to note that a pro-day workout is far from the be-all, end-all for quarterback evaluation, because game tape is still what truly tells the story. That doesn't mean Bridgewater won't fall in the draft because of Monday's lackluster performance; it just means that basing an evaluation on a pro-day workout would be a bit flawed.
B/R's Michael Schottey believes that despite Bridgewater's struggles on Monday, he should still be the No. 1 overall pick in May's draft.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported that the Texans are still considering Bridgewater with the top pick.
Bridgewater is the top-ranked player on Matt Miller's most recent big board. In his most recent mock draft, he has the Jaguars selecting Bridgewater with the third overall pick.