2014 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings Trade Back Up, Score Big With QB Teddy Bridgewater

By Andrew Fisher
Teddy Bridgewater
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After it seemed that the Minnesota Vikings blew it by failing to trade up for Johnny Manziel (reportedly), they came though and totally redeemed themselves at the end of round one. Rick Spielman pulled some strings and traded back up into the first round once again to select Teddy Bridgewater.

This marks the third straight draft that the Vikings GM has wheeled-and-dealed his way back into round one. It’s safe to say at this point that trading back up is his move.

So, did he hit or miss with Bridgewater?

Given that Minnesota didn’t reach for him, I say it’s absolutely a hit. Bridgewater didn’t have a great pro day (which is the only reason the Vikings got him when they did), but let’s not forget that he was once projected as the top QB in this class. For months the Louisville QB was a lock to be the first pick in 2014.

Fans can rest assured that the Vikings wouldn’t have taken him if new OC Norv Turner wasn’t sold. Turner knows offensive football better than the vast majority of the NFL, and he wouldn’t endorse a guy unless he was sure he’d be able to fit his system.

Turner likes to throw the ball down the field so there’s work to be done on some of Bridewater’s wobbly throws, but there’s not a huge rush considering Matt Cassel is likely to start the season as the team’s signal caller.

After making a questionable call at No. 9 with OLB Anthony Barr, selecting Bridgewater definitely makes the Vikings first draft day in 2014 a success.


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