One day from now, it will be Christmas in May. That’s right. The 2014 NFL Draft where legends will be born and dreams have been made true…LIVE from New York City. Names such as Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr and many more. But one in particular has been a bit overlooked for the past few weeks. No doubt that he has been one of the most elite college football quarterbacks to ever enter the draft, but in my humble opinion, he is still overlooked.
It has been projected lately that Theodore Bridgewater would be drafted late into the first round which definitely was not expected earlier in the year. This could be contributed to how lackluster his performance was during his Pro Day where he looked nothing like the star quarterback he was at Louisville. However, that may have just been a coincidence or he may have been nervous. No one really knows. The fact remains that Bridgewater is still the best there is in this draft class, and I predict that he will not go very late into the first round tomorrow.
Last year, it seemed as though Bridgewater was the TOP QB going into the 2014 NFL Draft, but as of now, it looks like he is sharing that spotlight with Texas A&M star QB, Johnny Manziel.
But, who is Teddy Bridgewater?
The 21 year old Miami, Florida native while in his last year at Louisville made 31 touchdowns with only four interceptions. That year, he threw for over 3,000 yards, well, 3,970 yards to be exact. Can you say amazing? Career wise, according to ESPN.com, the junior had thrown for almost 10,000 yards (9,817) 72 touchdowns and only 24 interceptions. Last year, he led Louisville to 12 wins, and broke records for passing yards and completion percentages just to name a few. He has averaged at least 9 yards per pass.
The game of football is 90% mental, and 10% physical. Bridgewater possesses the mental capacity of a successful franchise QB. That comes without question. Not only that, but he has the physical ability to remove himself from being sacked and rushed. He is very quick on his feet and has the ultimate clutch. His ability to keep the drive alive by consistently converting on third down is a major boost that is often overlooked by many. His arm strength is just incredible along with the perfect timing upon his release. Turnovers are not his thing, he makes sure that he does not make mistakes that could result into one or losing yardage.
With all of those things and more relating to Bridgewater, there is only one word that describes the six foot three Miami Northwestern Senior High School graduate: ASSASSIN!
There have been several reports that Cleveland Browns general manager, Ray Farmer has been “enamored” with Bridgewater and will strongly consider him at #26. Well, this could mean plenty of things: It could mean that the Browns could go for Sammy Watkins to put alongside Josh Gordon, or they could continue to build on their defense and get Khalil Mack, or they could choose Jadeveon Clowney (if those guys are available by the#4 pick). Not to take anything away from Johnny Football, but how cool would it be to draft Clemson’s Sammy Watkins at #4 and then put the assassin, Bridgewater behind Alex Mack? Those are just a couple of scenarios that I thought of.
FoxSports Jay Glazer reported earlier that the Browns would no select Johnny Manziel It seems as though most Browns fans want to draft the amazing Johnny Manziel with the #4 pick. Most Mock Drafts have Manziel being selected in the first round with the fourth pick to Cleveland. However, Browns fans have to understand that it wouldn’t hurt to pass on Manziel to get Watkins and then Bridgewater at #26. But then, what if Bridgewater is not available by then?
It wont be enough for Browns fans that Ray Farmer has been sold on Bridgewater since last fall and owner, Jimmy Haslam has a man crush on him. Whatever the Browns decide to do, better be the right guy for this team…especially in the new direction they are headed. This guy has to be a franchise player with the ability to perform above and beyond expectations.
No one will truly know what Bridgewater is capable of until he is put out on the turf where the rubber meets the road.
Mary Kay Cabot, a reporter for The Plain Dealer stated earlier today that a dream for the Cleveland Browns would be to land Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson at No. 4 and then have Bridgewater fall into their laps at No. 26. Most likely the Browns would go after Hyde in the second round. Why Hyde? Browns fans are not too hype on Ben Tate. Who really would be?
Drafting Bridgewater can be a success or a terrible mistake in the years to come. He could be the model franchise QB or a major draft bust.
It will come down to the wire tomorrow where the speculation is finally put to rest.