Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (3)
The Minnesota Vikings have not been able to pinpoint their future signal-caller for a few years now. Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder, and Josh Freeman were not the answer and you can bet that the Vikings will be searching for one in this year’s draft. Teddy Bridgewater seems to fit the bill in this spot. Sure he didn’t have a spectacular pro day but his stock wasn’t hurt too much by this fact and it doesn’t change the fact that he is still NFL ready, which is a plus for the Vikings here. They don’t want to draft a project quarterback like Ponder was (a stretch for sure) they want one who is ready to go and Bridgewater can bring that to Minnesota.
The Vikings failed miserably the last time they drafted a QB in the first round, Christian Ponder, but Bridgewater appears to be more of a “sure” thing than Ponder was, who in my opinion was selected way too early. QB’s are never a “sure” thing and more often than not they disappoint, but if you pick the right one your team can be set for a decade. Given the way rookie contracts are structured now, taking a Round 1 QB is no longer the commitment that it once was. The Vikings, a team with a solid roster, are a QB away from possibly being competitive, same as many other NFL teams. In Bridgewater, the Vikings would get a QB who many consider the best in the draft. Time will tell, but Bridgewater at No. 8 would be a win for the Vikings.
I like Bridgewater as a pro-style quarterback. He had a bad pro day throwing to receivers that he should have shined with, so he might fall in the draft slightly. If he is here at No. 8, the Vikings will snatch him up. He is a smart quarterback that should be able to shine in Norv Turner’s offense. Many knock Bridgewater for his lack of competition at the college level and somewhat small stature, but he is an intelligent quarterback that can make good throws. His deep ball accuracy may not be as good as some of the other quarterback prospects this year, but his football IQ makes up for it.