It appears that the decline in the draft value of former Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is not a surprise to NFL teams. Reports indicate that media perceptions of Bridgewater’s value versus what team executives think of the young quarterback are very apart, but fans now have a better picture of where he should land in the draft.
Analyst Adam Schefter discussed the issue of what teams really thought of Bridgewater, and most analysts believe that he will be a second-round pick. Granted, speculation will run rampant even while the 2014 NFL Draft is happening, and team sources stating organizations aren’t high on Bridgewater can just be misinformation. It does appear, however, that the signal caller will have to wait a little longer than Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles before his name is called in this year’s draft.
If Bridgewater slips to the second round of the draft, it is important to note the teams that most likely will not need to draft him. If the St. Louis Rams decide that Sam Bradford is not the franchise quarterback, the team has two picks in the first round where it could find a new signal caller and really shake things up. Similar to the Rams, the Cleveland Browns also have two picks in the first round, and it is almost certain that Cleveland will enter the second round with either Bortles, Manziel or Derek Carr.
The Houston Texans need a quarterback but are most likely going to select defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, and the Minnesota Vikings do not appear to be in love with any particular signal caller in this year’s draft. Other organizations could use a quarterback, but the Browns, Texans and Vikings are the most desperate for new blood.
So if Bortles, Manziel and Carr are off the board after the first round, where would Bridgewater land? The most likely spot is the start of the second round, as the Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Vikings all hold top-10 picks in round two. While drafting a quarterback in the second round is very risky, organizations are smarter to wait on players they may not be in love with. If Bridgewater is a bust as a second-round pick, the team will hopefully have a playmaker from its first-round pick.
Anything could happen on May 8, but don’t expect to see Bridgewater shaking Roger Goodell‘s hand until the second round.