Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, and a former NFL scout, tweeted an interesting bit of information on Wednesday evening that should raise some eyebrows as to how the top of the draft may unfold.
I have Bridgewater as a top 10 talent in this draft but I know several teams that don’t view him as a 1st round player.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 15, 2014
Whether it’s due to his lack of ideal height and weight or his questionable competition at Louisville, there are NFL franchises who believe Bridgewater isn’t a sure-fire prospect.
If the concerns are about Bridgewater’s size, those same teams likely would pass on Johnny Manziel as well, meaning Blake Bortles and Derek Carr would be the two top quarterbacks according to those teams.
And if the concerns are about size, the Buccaneers are unlikely to be one of the teams to balk at taking the player widely accepted to be the best in the 2014 draft class.
Jeff Tedford coached Aaron Rodgers at Cal, and remains in contact with him to this day. And if Bridgewater were to hit an NFL weight room and gain 20-30 pounds, he’d be virtually identical to Aaron Rodgers physically.
Add in the similarities to their playing style, and it’s likely the Buccaneers’ new offensive coordinator would jump at the chance to add Bridgewater to his offense, and allow him to help turn around the worst offense in the NFL in 2013.
This is all speculation at this point, because any of the teams ahead of the Buccaneers (except for the Falcons) could take a quarterback. It’s unlikely that the Texans, Rams, Jaguars, Browns and Raiders are all included in the list of teams who are low on Bridgewater. In fact, it’s almost certainly not the Browns, as they’ve had a long-rumored infatuation with Johnny Manziel.
But don’t count the Buccaneers out of the hunt for a franchise QB at the top of the draft. If any of the top options slide to number seven, Jeff Tedford will likely have his head coach and general manager’s ear to get an upgrade under center.