When the football world first turned its focus to the NFL draft process many months ago, Teddy Bridgewater seemed to be a prospect at the top of everyone’s list. Yet it seems with each passing week his stock continues to plummet as his draft projection has gone from the top of the first round to the bottom of it and, in some cases, out of Round 1 altogether.
Many seem to believe that a poor outing at his pro day contributed to his free-falling draft stock. Whatever the reason, the Bridgewater “hate” seems to have enraged the Twitter community, which has interpreted his sliding value as both disrespectful and unfounded.
Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport details this phenomenon with an interesting angle.
I’ve personally never seen much more than a few clips from Bridgewater’s pro day, but based on the tape alone, I never had him as the top quarterback on my board. That honor goes to Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. I even have Blake Bortles and Brett Smith ranked ahead of Bridgewater.
The big question for Teddy is going to be centered on his intellectual ceiling more than anything. From what I can tell, he seems to show a great deal of intelligence and certainly enough to be a starting quarterback in the NFL working exclusively from the pocket.
But the thing is, TB underwhelmed immensely with both size and athletic ability. He also is not known to have an overly powerful arm. With these elements combined, it means the distinguishing quality that is going to make or break his career will be centered on his mind. This is the reason there has been so much nitpicking about his interviews, personality and IQ.
So looking at it from that angle, do you believe Bridgewater is going to be one of the smartest players in the NFL? If the answer to that question is no, you should probably ask yourself what makes him worthy of a first overall pick—because it sure isn’t athleticism, arm strength, size or strength.
I project TB’s NFL career to plateau as a mid-level starter, falling somewhere between 12 to 20 on average. This certainly has value, but is that worth an early first-round pick in a draft as stacked as this one?