Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings (1st round, Louisville)
Bridgewater was snagged by Minnesota as the final pick of the first round—somewhat surprising, as several analysts lauded him as the top QB prospect in the draft. Regardless, Bridgewater has huge potential in the pros, seeing as he improved quickly from a surprisingly solid freshman QB to arguably the best in college football in his junior season (2013), in which he surgically dismantled American Athletic Conference defenses all year long. In the end, he completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,970 yards, 31 touchdowns and just 4 picks. He doesn’t have any scrambling ability to speak of, unlike Manziel’s backyard-style improvisation when plays break down, but Bridgewater replaces that with steady, precise passing efficiency. He’s going up against Matt Cassel for the starting job at the moment—if it’s a close call, don’t be surprised if Minnesota injects Bridgewater’s fresh blood into their offense come opening day.
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