By Steve Brooks: As bad as Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater performed at the recent Pro Day workout, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock says he doesn’t see him being drafted in the 1st round by any of the teams in the league. He feels that Bridgewater looked bad enough in throwing to just the air that there will likely be a ton of red flags out there that will prevent other teams from taking a chance in drafting him in the 1st round.
“The Bridgewater thing has confused me, it has confused teams, but I’d be surprised at this point if he goes in the 1st round,” Mayock said to the NFL Network. “I’m struggling myself internally with the Bridgewater thing. I’ve always believed that tape tells everything, so I’m struggling with this because I liked him on tape, then I saw him throw live and I don’t like him at all.”
I’ve seen Bridgewater throw on tape plenty of times, and I have to say that I think he looks just as bad on tape then he does in throwing the ball live. Bridgewater’s arm strength is weak, his passes come out of his hand fluttering, and he only seems capable of throwing short to medium passes. To me, he’s not a 1st round type talent and I believe he’s not even a 2nd round player. I see Bridgewater as a 4th round talent, and even then that would be pushing it. What teams don’t need is to use a high draft pick on a quarterback with a weak arm, and an inability to throw deep.
Another problem that Bridgewater has is that he played against very poor schools during his time with Louisville, so it’s going to be a huge jump up in competition when he plays in the NFL. You don’t know what you’re going to get when you draft a player like Bridgewater because the chances are good that he won’t do well in the NFL.