Once considered a first-round pick, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has now been projected to still be available in as late as the third round. Fortunately for the former quarterback of the Louisville Cardinals, he has a second visit set with the Jacksonville Jaguars that could create a positive buzz around the league.
With the third-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jaguars will most likely attempt to find a franchise quarterback. The Houston Texans cannot miss out on drafting the most talented player in the draft, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, so the Jaguars will have their pick of the litter from the quarterback class.
The debate on which quarterback the Jaguars will select, however, will continue to rage on until the day of the draft. Every organization is playing its cards close to the vest, but there haven’t really been any leaks about teams openly gushing about these young signal callers.
At this moment, Blake Bortles appears to have the best chance of being the first quarterback to go off the board. At 6-foot-5, 232 pounds, Bortles has an NFL-ready body that does not come with the durability concerns of Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel. The stock of Derek Carr has also been on the rise, and the rankings for these signal callers will continually change for the next few weeks.
Bridgewater was actual considered to be one of the most well-rounded quarterbacks from this draft class, but with an average Pro Day and reports of poor private workouts, the stock for the former college star is on a sharp decline.
If the Jaguars want to get a second look at Bridgewater, this is a great sign for his draft day value. With a private workout, everyone from head coach Gus Bradley to quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo will have the chance to develop a better picture of Bridgewater’s potential talent as a starting quarterback. Obviously investing a first-round pick in a player is a huge decision, and the fact that the Jaguars are bringing back Bridgewater means that the team is considering the possibility of the young signal caller as its franchise quarterback.
He may slip past the Jaguars, but with a solid workout, Bridgewater could build a buzz that puts him back at the top of the draft board.