For the Rant Sports 2014 NFL Mock Draft, the St. Louis Rams select QB Teddy Bridgewater .
The tone of this mock draft was set early, when the first three picks went for defensive players and OT Greg Robinson. Interestingly, the first offensive “skilled player” selected was WR Sammy Watkins. It was not surprising that Blake Bortles was the first QB selected in the mock draft. However, it will be a major surprise if both Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel fall outside the top dozen selections in the actual draft.
Today’s NFL offenses need a top-notch QB to direct the offense. While Rams QB Sam Bradford had a solid 2013 with a QB rating of 90.9 in seven games, rumors were already flying that the Rams have been interested in a good college QB. While it takes most QBs time to get used to the speed in the NFL, the QB position has the largest impact in today’s NFL. The Rams would be thrilled if Bridgwater or Manziel did actually drop this low in the NFL Draft.
On the other hand, many scouts feel that this year’s quarterback crop is not quite ready for prime time in the NFL. This year’s draft appears to be very strong at position players other than QB. Some feel that Manziel’s scrambling style will not translate well in the NFL. In addition, Bortles and Bridgewater may need more seasoning. However, to be able to draft any of these QBs with the No. 13 pick in the NFL Draft would be a solid value.
During his career with the Louisville Cardinals, Bridgewater steadily improved, throwing for 31 TDs and just 4 INTs during the 2013 season. During his three years, Bridgewater threw for 72 TDs against 24 INTs for a 157 QB rating.
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