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Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Vikings Trade Back Into First, Draft Teddy Bridgewater


The Vikings missed their chance to draft Johnny Manziel when they went with Anthony Barr at 9.

They missed a second chance to draft Manziel when Cleveland snatched the #22 pick away from them via trade.

With Manziel gone, the Vikings went to the next guy on their board. And they weren’t going to let him get away.

To secure the #32 pick in the draft, moving ahead of the QB-needy Texans, Raiders and Buccaneers, the Vikings dealt the 40th pick plus the #108 overall pick to Seattle.

And used the pick on Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater.

The Vikings miss on Johnny Football, but they take the player who once upon a time was seen as a near-certain top 10 or even top 5 pick.

Heck, a lot of people had Bridgewater as the #1 overall.

But Bridgewater, for whatever reason, did not shine as brightly in the eyes of talent evaluators as he did in the eyes of the media.

In the end, he barely sneaks into the first round.

The Vikings got Teddy even without tanking. They just had to give away a fourth round pick.

So the Vikings leave day 1 with a linebacker and a quarterback. And they didn’t have to really reach to get their quarterback.

I have to believe Rick Spielman is pretty happy.

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  • Jorge

    4th qb taken in a draft since 98 has a 6% chance of being good, we tried trading up for manziel so how badly did we want teddy. I feel rick will be gone in two years, bye b****.i really hope teddy pans out

    • Daniel Laxen

      They got the QB I wanted them to get in the 1st place. Maybe he saves Rick’s job this time AP already did that in 2012…

  • Jake

    Great move by the Vikings. On the face of it Bridgewater would seem to be the better fit. Not sure how accurate this story is about them trying to trade up to #22 and even if it is accurate who’s to say they wanted to take Manziel? Maybe they wanted Bridgewater at 22, maybe they were worried someone would grab him since he had fallen so far down. All this Manziel talk is just rumor and b/s, who cares? The best player ended up with the Vikes.

    • William Holz

      Yeah, this Manziel man-love is a bit creepy, isn’t it?

      This wasn’t a good quarterback class. I’m happy we got ours at 31 . . . I wouldn’t have drafted any of the lot much higher than that and we got the bonus year again like we did with Patterson.

  • Gordon Guffey

    Well I was wrong about Teddy ~ I fell asleep shortly after the Vikings made their pick and wakeup to see the had traded back into the first round to take him ~ Teddy is now a Viking so I will pull for him to play outstandingly ~