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Mike Mayock says Teddy Bridgewater’s pro day “average at best”

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Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn’t throw at the Scouting Combine, ostensibly to increase the chances of everything going well when he did.

It didn’t.

Bridgewater’s apparently having a middling performance at his pro day workout, with the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock panning the effort.

“Most quarterbacks have good pro days,” Mayock said. “Today, I thought it was very average at best.”

Kurt Warner also raised some doubts about Bridgewater’s throwing style during the broadcast.

While that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll fall in the eyes of scouts, it will send them back to the film.

Bridgewater is considered by many to be more “pro ready” (whatever that means) than other quarterbacks in this draft, but he didn’t seal that on Monday.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 17, 2014 11:54 AM

    Good is a relative term, for most QBs to be good is just not logical. Mayock doesn’t understand the dictionary definition of the term “good” or “most”. He’s absolutely confused as to the meaning of at least one of those words.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 17, 2014 11:55 AM

    It’s fine that people don’t want to admit Bruce Allen was a genius for trading all the picks for RGIII. RGIII is BETTER than any QB coming out of college for the next 20 years at least. It’s fine, don’t admit the Redskins were right. Your silence says enough. #ThankGodImaREDSKINSfan

  3. shuttaman1990 says: Mar 17, 2014 11:57 AM

    Stock going down…. damnit the Raiders might draft him. I really wanted Clowney who might get drafted before…

  4. hutch119 says: Mar 17, 2014 11:58 AM

    I’d call Mayocks draft work average at best. Listening to him at the combine was awful.

  5. thepftpoet says: Mar 17, 2014 11:58 AM

    Like I have said multiple times.

    Teddy Bridgewater is purposely having a bad pro day and combine so he can fall to number 8 and actually be drafted by a team capable of winning multiple Super Bowls.

    He wants to actually join a successful franchise with weapons around him.

  6. deflateddome says: Mar 17, 2014 11:59 AM

    I am wary about him. Mostly because of his size. At 214, he is rumored to have bulked up. Who wants a 190-200 pound QB in this day and age?

  7. huskersrock1 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:00 PM

    There isn’t a QB in this draft worth a top 5 pick. But there are plenty of QB hungry teams so one or two will be taken in the top 5.

  8. minnesnowda says: Mar 17, 2014 12:01 PM

    All of these top quarterbacks are a reach in the top ten.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 17, 2014 12:02 PM

    Being drafted low in first round is the best thing that can happen to a college quarterback.

    Usually… that either means the team’s defense is good, the team’s offensive line is good, and/or the starting quarterback is good.

    Two of those three things lead to a longer NFL career (if you deserved to get picked in the 1st round).

    Either way… you are getting paid.

  10. pftoracle says: Mar 17, 2014 12:03 PM

    He will never be like the best QB in the NFL, Big Ben. #SteelCurtain #Sixburg

  11. f1restarter says: Mar 17, 2014 12:04 PM

    Vikings, please draft Teddy Bridgewater!

    Signed,
    Packer Nation

  12. tvjules says: Mar 17, 2014 12:04 PM

    Average you say?
    Sounds like the perfect fit for Jerry Jones.

  13. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 17, 2014 12:04 PM

    Mike said Jamarcus had the best pro- day, he ever saw!!!

  14. godofwine330 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:05 PM

    I would still take him over Manziel. I wouldn’t touch that kid with anything higher than a 3rd rounder.

  15. doubleogator says: Mar 17, 2014 12:06 PM

    None of the top 4 QB’s in this class will be NFL stars…

  16. joetoronto says: Mar 17, 2014 12:07 PM

    Surprise!

  17. realfootballfan says: Mar 17, 2014 12:08 PM

    Just remember, Jamarcus Russell and Blaine Gabbert looked great at theirs. The only concern I would have with this guy is his thin frame.

  18. kennypowersays says: Mar 17, 2014 12:08 PM

    Whoops. The next Geno Smith? Stay out of the Green Room on Draft Day BridgeH2O.

  19. lordhavepercy says: Mar 17, 2014 12:10 PM

    I still think Bridgewater is the most pro-ready quarterback in this year’s draft. If these kind of reports cause his draft status to drop, many teams will live to regret passing on an elite level QB. I just hope he falls to the Vikings at 8! Skol!

  20. chawk12thman says: Mar 17, 2014 12:12 PM

    He will now drop in the draft as no way someone takes him high with the “hope” that they can have a franchise QB. Just to big of a risk.

    Should have thrown at the combine so he could have had two bites at the apple…….Lots of pressure for those that didn’t participate at the combine as they have to throw nearly perfect to be better than average as there is no defense and they have been practicing with the same WR’s for the past month.

  21. blowfishes says: Mar 17, 2014 12:12 PM

    Excellent… I hope that Teddy Bridgewater drops to #8 so the Vikings can draft him!

  22. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 17, 2014 12:14 PM

    Stay away from this guy!

  23. qdog112 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:17 PM

    Teddy’s ready. His body of work places him head and shoulders above the field of competitors. Only those who didn’t watch him play have questions.

    Critics dug deep to find flaws in his leadership style to find faults. He is a gamer, with an even composed, demeanor. He is the anti J.M. Wildcat.

  24. beastmode5150 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:19 PM

    That’s because he IS average.

  25. norseyapper says: Mar 17, 2014 12:24 PM

    None of the QBs in this draft are ready to play in the NFL immediately, which means none of them should be taken in the top ten.

  26. youngs79 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:24 PM

    I knew exactly what he meant.

  27. lemdawg says: Mar 17, 2014 12:26 PM

    Bridgewater is slightly better than Colt McCoy, at best.

  28. len462 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:28 PM

    Christian Ponder was the most “pro ready” the year he was drafted. How’d that work out?

  29. bucsmightbegood says: Mar 17, 2014 12:30 PM

    Could he fall out of the Top 10?

  30. beastmode5150 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:32 PM

    Anyone else think Teddy looks like he is about 38 years old?

  31. usmutts says: Mar 17, 2014 12:33 PM

    Sounds like he’s “pro ready” for only certain franchises: Jets, Raiders, Browns, Vikings, etc.

  32. jaxboydavid says: Mar 17, 2014 12:34 PM

    Average pro day, so what? I don’t care cause after seeing teddy play in college & seeing him rip the Gators defense to pieces, a defense that had a ton of NFL talent, this guy has it all. Pre snap reads, pocket presence, footwork, accuracy. One bad pro day so what, not to mention he didn’t throw with gloves on today. Please houston, pass on teddy so the jags can have him.

  33. 12brichandfamous says: Mar 17, 2014 12:35 PM

    I saw a few throws live. He absolutely missed his guy Twice!

    That is poor when he knows the route, has no pressure, and is performing in the comfort of home on a day of his choosing.

  34. daltongang1 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:36 PM

    After watching Bridgewater for 3 years in Ky, I’ve realized he definitely is a product of the system. His decision making under pressure is bad. He reminds me of a black Blaine Gabbert. Great numbers in their systems, but put them in a pro setting against the likes of Von Miller or Geno Atkins and they just crumble.

  35. ragnarthemagnificent says: Mar 17, 2014 12:37 PM

    Christian Ponder was the most NFL ready from his draft too. Yikes!

  36. mackie66 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:48 PM

    Vick was also supposed to be “pro-ready”. Teddy seems to be just another Vick, minus the dogs.

  37. realdealsteel says: Mar 17, 2014 12:54 PM

    I can’t wait to see who passes on Bridgewater and then watch the GM’s who did get fired in the coming years.

    He’s the most accurate QB in the draft. Period.

  38. jimmysee says: Mar 17, 2014 12:54 PM

    Brian Brohm was also the most “pro ready” when Green Bay drafted him out of Louisville.

  39. scmems07 says: Mar 17, 2014 12:57 PM

    i never thought he would be better than an average starter in this league. i do not see a “star” qb in this draft. imo anyway.

    if he goes to a team that is ready to win then i can see him having success, just like wilson and kaepernick have, but if he goes to a rebuilding team where he is the focal point of the team winning like luck and tannehill were put in, then he is not good enough. it all depends on who gets him.

  40. bigblu73 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:03 PM

    If my memory serves me correctly, Mayock said Blake Bortles AKA Blaine Gabbert 2.0 should go #1 overall. I’m not sure I agree with anything he says. Btw, turn on the tape of Bridgewater! Mighty Impressive in game time situations. A lot different than guys that impress in practice conditions!!

  41. darkneptune73 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:04 PM

    Someone will draft Bridgewater in the 1st round. I guarantee it.

  42. philyeagles5 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:06 PM

    Bridgewaters skill is average at best. Idk what people see in this guy.

  43. mrbigass says: Mar 17, 2014 1:07 PM

    Goodbye Teddy, Hello Johnny…….

  44. sandersmarcus10 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:15 PM

    Should have thrown at the combine then he could have went and worked on what was wrong to have a better pro day.

  45. xcflqb7 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:15 PM

    The point is that in a good QB year, Bridgewater has an upside no higher than players you can get in the second or third rounds – but this is not a good QB year so he’s being talked about as a #1 overall and that’s a reach.

  46. jeremy1117 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:16 PM

    The best part of this article is the word “ostensibly”

  47. raidermanrock says: Mar 17, 2014 1:16 PM

    Raiders are taking him .go raiders

  48. stephenolszewski says: Mar 17, 2014 1:19 PM

    Hoping Cleveland doesn’t draft him at 4 not sure any QB in this draft is worth of a top 5 pick in this draft

  49. micknangold says: Mar 17, 2014 1:21 PM

    Mike Mayock knows what he’s talking about. If the Pro Day was average, it was probably average. That doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t be a good NFL QB. Mayock’s not saying that; he’s just saying it was an average pro day.

  50. 87hollywoodhorn says: Mar 17, 2014 1:21 PM

    I wanna shout it from the rooftops! DRAFT! CONNOR! SHAW!

  51. emoney826 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:21 PM

    Well then he’ll fit in perfect with his future team, the vikings. As quarterback on an average team.

  52. mogogo1 says: Mar 17, 2014 1:24 PM

    Bridgewater this past season would have looked more impressive to me if I didn’t vividly remember Geno Smith looking just as good (actually, probably better) the year before.

  53. jbraider says: Mar 17, 2014 1:27 PM

    IMO none of the “big three” QBs are worthy of a first round pick. Bridgewater looks the most pro-ready in that he can at least take a snap from center, drop back into proper form, display decent footwork (still a little stiff but way better than the other 2), and most importantly, actually go through his reads. However his accuracy is inconsistent and the arm strength is just not there. He and Bortles didn’t exactly face stellar competition anyway. As for Bortles, he consistently locks on to one receiver and his accuracy is dismal. As for Johnny Football, I think a lot of his success is attributable to Mike Evans being wide open so often. His stance and delivery are a joke. He does throw well on the run and is at least as accurate as Bridgewater – so maybe he is fixable with the right coaching. But I still wouldn’t take him in the first.

  54. drsummeroff says: Mar 17, 2014 1:28 PM

    “Outstanding arm strength and pinpoint accuracy! Clean footwork. Can’t miss prospect.”

    –signed, Rams Scouts.

    #tradeoutof2letsmakeadeal

  55. quadya says: Mar 17, 2014 1:38 PM

    The only Pro ready QB I’ve ever seen in my life time is Andrew Luck. And even then you have no idea. Pro Ready…please. Nobody is Pro Ready until they strap on the helmet and throw against the likes of Sherman, Revis etc…

  56. theclink12 says: Mar 17, 2014 2:24 PM

    I read a report that he has. Even working with Chris Weinke for the last couple months.

    No wonder he is now underperforming.

  57. eaglesw00t says: Mar 17, 2014 2:32 PM

    Bust waiting to happen. I wouldn’t want any qb from this draft

  58. finsphan says: Mar 17, 2014 3:48 PM

    All three of the qb’s talked about in this draft should only be starting for qb needy teams, Vikings, jets, jags, bills, teams with starting qb’s who should be backups or should not be in the nfl at all.

  59. onbucky96 says: Mar 17, 2014 3:51 PM

    Most pro ready? Louisville? Ted Bridgewater? I thought you were talking about Brian Brohm? Hope Teddy passes on going to NY, I bet he slides like Rodgers, Quinn, and Brohm.

  60. channelguy says: Mar 17, 2014 3:57 PM

    The similarities to fellow Louisville alumnus Brian Brohm I find alarming.

    Brohm, like Bridgewater, was seen coming out of school as a highly intelligent guy with a very accurate arm, even if it wasn’t a cannon. Brohm likely would have been a top pick if he had come out as a junior, stayed for his senior year, and got picked over and second guessed by scouts the same way Bridgewater is now, Brohm wound up going high in the second round, to the Packers, whose fans were jubilant thinking they had a major steal.

    Most of you know the rest of the story. Brohm couldn’t even beat out Flynn, a 7th rounder, for the backup job, and was generally disastrous in Green Bay until Buffalo signed him off their practice squad, and he was terrible there when he got to play. His college accuracy completely disappeared with the speed of the pro game. Last I saw, Brohm was a backup in the CFL.

    There’s no way of knowing if this is Bridgewater’s future. But there are enough similarities between the two QB that I would be VERY nervous using a top 10 draft pick on him. But I suspect someone will.

  61. shermtank3 says: Mar 17, 2014 4:27 PM

    You don’t know what “pro ready” means?

  62. jerrykill4pres says: Mar 17, 2014 4:35 PM

    Teddy is a 2nd round pick at best.

  63. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 17, 2014 4:53 PM

    Average at best would be a huge upgrade for the Vikings.

  64. slick50ks says: Mar 17, 2014 5:02 PM

    Future faider.

    #trainwreckrollson

  65. raynman49 says: Mar 17, 2014 5:57 PM

    Connor Shaw! Yes. Wake up people.

  66. 12hawksfan1976 says: Mar 18, 2014 1:18 AM

    This year’s Geno Smith…he’s perfect for that garbage dump in Minnesota.

  67. racyman57 says: Mar 18, 2014 1:37 AM

    There are no Andrew Lucks or RGIII’s in this draft and it is rare when there are. Unfortuanately, there will be a handfull of teams who take one of them way too early, which means there will be too much pressure to start them immediately. I think the success of 2 or 3 QB’s, in their first seasons, has raised the expectations way too high. It used to be rarely, if ever, that a QB was drafted with the idea that they would start their first season ,or even their 2nd season. There are allot of NFL QB’s who are busts because they weren’t allowed the time to develop, not necesarilly because they didn’t have the needed skills and we will never be able to see them perform in the NFL. It is also true that the high picks go to bad teams, so their chances of succeeding are even less, especially in their first season. I think we will see a return to the vast majority of QB’s holding a clipboard for a year or two, in the very near future and it should be that way. It’s sad to see careers ruined, due to unrealistic expectations.

  68. heenow says: Mar 18, 2014 1:59 AM

    One word describes this entire NFL post: Mayock. Hah!

    So, what’s up in basketball? Any anti-Louisville spin there? Oh wait…

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