It happens just about every year. A quarterback who went into his final college football season as a potential No. 1 overall pick becomes a punching bag for over-scrutiny, as evaluators begin to nitpick every flaw in that supposed top signal-caller’s game.
Teddy Bridgewater has been no exception to that trend.
Many media draft evaluators still consider Bridgewater the best quarterback in this year’s class. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller still ranks Bridgewater as the No. 1 prospect in the draft. NFL teams, however, reportedly aren’t feeling so good about the Louisville product.
John Middlekauff, a radio host for 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and a former NFL scout, recently tweeted that his league sources have indicated Bridgewater could fall to Round 2.
Bridgewater has also reportedly struggled in pre-draft workouts, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen via Rotoworld. Bridgewater’s agent, Kennard McGuire, refuted that account, telling Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio that Bridgewater had only had one private workout at the time of Mortensen’s report in which he was assessed as “simply amazing and sharp.”
While it’s probably true that at least some NFL teams don’t see Bridgewater as a first-round pick, it only takes one team to see him as a franchise player for him to still be a very high draft selection. The most polished and NFL-ready passer in this year’s draft, Bridgewater should be considered a great choice for any team in need of a quarterback.
The potential for the top quarterbacks to fall, however, isn’t limited to Bridgewater. In this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback column, Peter King of SI.com wrote that all four quarterback-needy teams in the top five are “strongly considering passing on quarterbacks with their first picks.” That could hurt the draft stocks of Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and UCF’s Blake Bortles just as much as it could hurt that of Bridgewater.