Teddy Bridgewater is running out of fingers to plug all of the holes in his sinking draft stock.
Kennard McGuire, Bridgewater's agent, sent an email to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio that read:
I have a tremendous amount of respect for journalists who work in this new age of media. While I am certain this statement wasn’t intended to be misleading, it is my duty to remove and eliminate any doubt. Teddy has visited multiple teams with more workouts and visits coming in the near future. The assessment we received from the one workout was ‘simply amazing and sharp,’ and we expect nothing short or less than stellar in the upcoming workouts in the very near future.
Considering that Bridgewater was seen by many as the top quarterback, and by some as the top draft prospect overall, it is a bit surprising to read how much his stock is apparently falling in the eyes of NFL scouts.
Will Teddy Bridgewater fall out of the top 10 in the NFL draft?
You have to wonder how much of this talk is mere subterfuge on the part of NFL teams, though. Every year, right before the draft, you hear reports of how the top stars are going to fall precipitously in the draft. They have all of these flaws that nobody ever noticed before, and they somehow outweigh everything they've done on the field in their collegiate careers.
Almost every time, it's one or multiple teams leaking information simply in an attempt to fend off any other potential suitors. This is how the draft works.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller and Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar made light of the situation:
At this rate the mass media will have Bridgewater as a UDFA before May 8.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 12, 2014
Teddy Bridgewater is a three-legged dog, and I have the secret tape to prove it. #analysis— SI_DougFarrar (@SI_DougFarrar) April 11, 2014
B/R's Adam Kramer is in Bridgewater's corner and wondered how everything has reached this point:
I watched far too much bad American Athletic Conference and Big East football to sit quietly on the sidelines for this particular argument. While “scout” is nowhere to be found on my business card, you don’t have to be a football projection wizard to understand that Bridgewater is an exceptional talent who does a lot of things exceptionally well.
If you don’t believe his game will translate to the NFL, that’s fair. But at the very least, let’s assess why with more evidence than hand size, shirt-and-shorts box scores and bogus bullet points. He deserves so much better than that, and I have the DVR to prove it.
Kramer pointed to that throw against Cincinnati as evidence that sometimes your measurables aren't as important as an ability to improvise and create on the fly. How many QBs can make a throw like this?
May 8 can't come soon enough. That's when all of the pre-draft talk stops and Bridgewater finds out his new destination. More than likely, he'll get selected right around where he was projected to months ago. Maybe he falls to the 10-to-15 range, which still isn't all that bad.
Until then, don't be surprised to read about how Bridgewater should consider the CFL to hone his game. Perhaps a position change would be the best career move. Has he thought about basketball?