Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater runs the shuttle dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Teddy Bridgewater Not a First Round QB, Says Mike Mayock


Last season some Viking fans wanted their team to lose games on purpose and improve their draft positioning, all with an eye toward selecting supposed slam dunk franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

And now? The Tanking for Teddy campaign just seems short-sighted and farcical.

With two weeks to go until the draft, Teddy Bridgewater is not only no longer widely regarded as a top 10 prospect, he is now seen by many as not even worthy of a first round pick.

Count Mike Mayock among the draftniks who have climbed on board the Teddy Has Tanked bandwagon.

“I would say in general, tape is worth about 85 percent of an overall grade, and the rest of the process is set up for red flags, and to go back and watch more tape to try to confirm what you saw or didn’t see,” Mayock told NFL.com when explaining why he has downgraded Bridgewater on his board. “I saw about four of his tapes prior to the combine, and I really liked him. I thought he had a chance to be a franchise quarterback from what I saw on the tape…

“Except you’ve got to see the quarterbacks throw the ball live. I’ve never seen a top-level quarterback in the last 10 years have a bad pro day, until Teddy Bridgewater. He had no accuracy, the ball came out funny, the arm strength wasn’t there, and it made me question everything I saw on tape because this was live.

“I went back and watched a bunch more tape and compared him to the rest of the guys in the draft,” Mayock continued. “And like it or not, I’ve come to a conclusion — if I was a GM in the NFL, I would not take him in the first round of the draft.”

Few people question Bridgewater’s physical toughness or mental make-up, but many now question whether he can deliver the ball with consistent accuracy and zip in the NFL.

Greg Cosell is another expert who has put Bridgewater’s mechanics under the microscope and found them problematic.

“The issue, and it will be a defining one for many NFL coaches, is how Bridgewater threw the ball [on tape]. He was a short-armer without the needed ability to drive the ball. He was a soft-tosser who threw the ball effectively in the short to intermediate areas inside the numbers, but struggled to make the more difficult throws outside the numbers. And he did not throw the deep ball well at all. He had to put a lot of body into those throws; as a result, he struggled with trajectory and accuracy.

“Bridgewater’s throwing limitations were not a function of arm strength; they were more a result of his natural throwing motion. It was the reason many of his throws fell apart as they gained distance, and lost energy on the back end. Bridgewater doesn’t spin it very well; too many passes came out wobbly. If you don’t think that’s a concern for NFL coaches, then you are not watching the NFL.”

The Vikings have shown heavy interest in Bridgewater throughout the draft process, even having him in to Winter Park for an extended visit the week of their top 30 event.

It’s possible the extra look at Bridgewater was so Norv Turner could home in on those mechanical issues Cosell referred to, and decide for himself how much work Bridgewater will need to get right.

What did Norv decide during his extra sessions with the QB? Did he see a fixable issue or is Bridgewater now off the board?

Whatever the Vikings think of Bridgewater, it seems increasingly likely that they will have a chance to draft him lower than 8 if that’s what they want to do. They may even be able to wait and pick him up in the early second.

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  • forman22

    So true. thank you for bringing up the tank for teddy! I def remember that and i also remember a couple of years ago fans were mad we didnt draft blackmon and got Kahlil instead. Just let the GM do his thing and support whoever we get. Its going to be awkward when we pass up Maziel at the 8 spot and the fans boo whoever we take whenever we take him.

  • Kerry Elmberg jr

    Bridgewater is at best a late 2 nd round talent I believe 3rd waste of a pick outside the 3rd he has tarvaris Jackson written all over him

    • David Mallow

      they are all 2nd rounders at best..IMO

    • Skolviking75

      You lost any credibility as a talent scout comaparing him to Tavaris Jackson. I’m not saying that I know much about scouting professionally (none of us do) but that statement is just ludicrous.

  • trinity

    To pass up all that game tape and base your impression on the pro day is just stupid in my opinion.

    • David Mallow

      not really..if you can’t perform in a relaxed environment, how can you rely on him to perform under pressure? his deep ball is terrible..He’s got the arm strength,but his over 15 – 20 yard pass accuracy is terrible.. hes overrated… definite late 2nd early 3rd option at best

      • trinity

        I think too much stock is placed in pro days. Jamarcus Russell had one of the best, if not the best pro day ever. And look at manziel. He had a good pro day. But in game, he is a ghastly decision maker. I would rather go by games.

      • Skolviking75

        That’s just the case about bridgetwater, watch the tape and you will see someone who thrives under pressure. Both Ponder and Gabbert looked like QB gods at their pro days and throwing at combine. How is that working out?

        • Kerry Elmberg jr

          When its all said and done ill be saying I told u so

  • David Mallow

    he will not succeed in Minnesota if he were to come here,which he won’t,but the cold and his accuracy issues are not good…he, and Manziel both are terribly overrated…if not fir a desperate need at QB fir a few teams, these guys wouldn’t be 1st round consideration at all, add that to the fact that a few guys decided to return to school..( Hundley, Mariota, etc)… tread carefully, no TB and no JM