It seemed only a month ago Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was a lock for the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Regarded by many as college’s top overally quarterback and the surest thing in this class, all that was in his way was a team needing a quarterback landing at the #1 spot.
With the Houston Texans losing their final 14 games and being in need of a quarterback, it all added up. That is, until Texans owner Bob McNair recently praised defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and whispers came out that some teams (or several, rather) don’t see Bridgewater as a first round pick.
There are emerging concerns about Bridgewater’s overall ceiling, as well as his long-term durability due to a slight frame. These are petty knocks, really, as Bridgewater has an NFL-ready game with an ability to move fluidly and naturally in the pocket, while progressing through reads extremely well. Adding good arm strength and nice athleticism to the package, Bridgewater seems to be a can’t-miss prospect.
With that said, it’s at least arguable he doesn’t possess the same kind of pure talent and upside as guys like Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles.
While Bridgewater could easily end up taking a slide due to some of these minute concerns, it’s highly unlikely he free falls out of the first round like Geno Smith did last year. After all, he’s clearly a very talented passer and there are too many teams that badly need an upgrade under center. It’d be shocking if Bridgewater doesn’t end up being a top-10 draft choice in May.