The time between the end of the college football season and the NFL draft is way too long. That is the only explanation I can really think of for how former Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater has gone to a top three draft pick to maybe a 2nd round pick. Teams and analysts are now so far from actual games that they are only considering an hour long pro day.
When asked in a conference call Wednesday about why Bridgewater might be falling in the draft ESPN analyst Jon Grudem said this:
“I’ve done a lot of individual workouts in my past…If the player didn’t work that well for me, I didn’t move them down, I took them off our board. So if you’re not having good individual workouts, if you don’t have a good pro workout, that’s part of the evaluation process. You’re going to be moved down or potentially off some people’s boards. I’d be concerned if I were any person and I didn’t have good private workouts or I had a typically bad pro date.”
I get it Teddy had a bad pro day in Louisville or what some are calling an average pro day, but are we all blind to what this young man did on a football field? Are we also forgetting how he conducted himself off the field?
NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock seems to think that Bridgewater’s issue is that the Miami native can not be a face of a program.
“What I’m hearing is two things. Number one, when we saw him throw live we didn’t see arm strength and didn’t see accuracy. Number two, when you draft a quarterback in the first round you expect him to be the face of your franchise, you expect him to embrace the moment. I think people had some concerns about whether or not this young man is ready to step up and be the face of a franchise.”
He then says later in the interview that former Texas A&M Johnny Manziel can be a face of a program. Really? Is this where we are in sports today? Google Johnny Manziel and his off the field history and then tell me why he can be a face of an NFL program and Bridgewater can’t.
In case you know very little about Mr. Bridgewater, he almost quit football all together in high school when his mom was diagnosed with cancer. I can also tell you as someone who has followed the Louisville football program for years and has even interviewed Teddy as few times, he is one of the most respectful and thoughtful athletes that I have been around. Most media in Louisville will tell you the exact same thing.
Louisville players often spoke about Teddy Bridgewater as super-human. They raved about his maturity, his leadership. Called him a coach.
— Adam Lefkoe (@AdamLefkoe) May 1, 2014
With professional athletes these days constantly being arrested or getting into some type of trouble, isn’t Teddy Bridgewater the type of person you want representing your team? A player that you don’t mind your kids looking up to, a person that will represent your team well on and off the field.
Oh and in case you have forgotten Teddy Bridgewater can play the game of football very well. He threw 31 touchdowns as a senior and only four interceptions. Analyst say that the reason he had such great numbers was the poor schedule. How quickly they forget about the 447 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions he threw for in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Miami.
Bridgewater is what most NFL teams need. A quarterback who can lead, make plays and be a person who you are not ashamed to be the face of your program.
Seeing is believing, so here are some videos and highlights to see exactly what I mean.
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