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This is a no-brainer for the top of this list and not just because I love me some Teddy Bridgewater.
While it's a bit surprising he took a shot at Cleveland on The Dan Patrick Show (as relayed by Ryan Glasspiegel of The Big Lead), to be honest it’s showing a chip on his shoulder that you have to like.
Picked apart by the media, Bridgewater has everything to prove and it looks as if he is ready to take on all comers.
He lands in a situation that puts him in a place to succeed, too. Let’s assume for a moment that he is likely to beat out both Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder for the right to be the Minnesota Vikings' opening day starter.
As Week 1 arrives, Bridgewater lines up behind a solid offensive line (ranked at No. 6 by ProFootballFocus.com’s Khaled Elsayed in January), allowing him time to make his reads and scan the field.
He has great receiving weapons in Greg Jennings, Kyle Rudolph and an ascendant Cordarrelle Patterson. Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright are also solid complementary options.
Additionally, Bridgewater has arguably the NFL's best running back in Adrian Peterson.
On top of that, he will play in a Norv Turner offense. While you may remember Turner more from his slow collapse in San Diego, don’t forget how much success he had with Philip Rivers.
Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News noted that Turner also successfully shepherded Troy Aikman as well. However, those aren’t the successes you should concentrate on, he cautions.
Turner managed to win 10 games with Jay Fiedler as his quarterback in Miami, another 10 with Brad Johnson at Washington and nine with Gus Frerotte with the Redskins as well, Gosselin wrote. The latter two became Pro Bowl quarterbacks under Turner.
And let’s not forget Turner's success with Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer before the quarterback was lost for the 2013 season due to a torn ACL.
Yes, Bridgewater took it heavy during the draft process from multiple experts.
He’ll have the last laugh, though.