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Mike Mayock: I wouldn’t use a first-round pick on Teddy Bridgewater

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Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was once viewed as a potential first overall pick of the Texans in this year’s NFL draft. Now he may not even be a Top 32 pick.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock is the latest to say that Bridgewater looked so bad in his Pro Day that it’s a reason to re-evaluate everything he put on tape.

“If I was a GM in the NFL, I would not take him in the first round of the draft,” Mayock said of Bridgewater on the Petros and Money Show, via NFL.com.

Mayock said he liked what he saw on tape from Bridgewater, but he had no choice to change his mind after seeing Bridgewater throw in person at Louisville.

“I would say in general, tape is worth about 85 percent of an overall grade, and the rest of the process is set up for red flags, and to go back and watch more tape to try to confirm what you saw or didn’t see,” Mayock said. “I saw about four of his tapes prior to the combine, and I really liked him. I thought he had a chance to be a franchise quarterback from what I saw on the tape. . . . Except you’ve got to see the quarterbacks throw the ball live. I’ve never seen a top-level quarterback in the last 10 years have a bad pro day, until Teddy Bridgewater. He had no accuracy, the ball came out funny, the arm strength wasn’t there, and it made me question everything I saw on tape because this was live.”

So maybe the Texans will take Bridgewater. With the 33rd pick.

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  1. kspl1 says: Apr 26, 2014 8:43 AM

    That’s stupid, so I guess he wasn’t live against competition the past two years. One day in shorts erases 2years of game tape….idiotic

  2. Andre's Johnson says: Apr 26, 2014 8:45 AM

    I would, in a general sense, be pretty okay with the Texans taking Clowney at 1 and Bridgewater at 33.

  3. xcflqb7 says: Apr 26, 2014 8:46 AM

    The four letter network showed the pro day tape and it looked like the guy was trying to show Major League Baseball scouts his knuckleball.

    Weak, wobbly and off target – have to think you can as well or better in the later rounds.

  4. jackdaniels1 says: Apr 26, 2014 8:46 AM

    There’s plenty of time for Teddy to revive his stock afterall there’s what…another 6 weeks till draft?! Teddy can do round 2 of the dog & pony show known as “private workouts” for all 32 teams again, why not…nothing to lose at this point.

  5. wawa33 says: Apr 26, 2014 8:46 AM

    Teddy Bustwater is this years Geno Smith fall to the second round guy.

  6. clintblairjr says: Apr 26, 2014 8:47 AM

    I hope this kid dominates the NFL after he has been dragged down by all the analysts. He may not be Mr. Flashy with the quit witted media but he does have an endless drive to be perfect.

  7. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 26, 2014 8:47 AM

    Neither would we, but someone will.

  8. bennyb82 says: Apr 26, 2014 8:47 AM

    I get what he is saying, but it was also just ONE day. If he had a week of pro days and still looked bad then I could understand being very weary. Then again, Mayock is considered one of the best so who knows…

  9. realnflmaster says: Apr 26, 2014 8:48 AM

    Agree 100%, you can’t take a noodle arm in the first round. Just look at Ponder.

  10. murphytenn says: Apr 26, 2014 8:48 AM

    This is the same guy that was blown away by Jamarcus Russell, during his pro day.

  11. clintblairjr says: Apr 26, 2014 8:49 AM

    I hope this kid dominates the NFL after he has been dragged down by all the analysts. He may not be Mr. Flashy with the quick-witted media but he does have an endless drive to be perfect.

  12. ronin262 says: Apr 26, 2014 8:50 AM

    I saw Teddy Bridgewater demolish the Gators in the Sugar Bowl last year and the Gators were getting after him, really punishing him. I also saw the clips from his pro day and some of those throws were surprisingly poor. Whichever GM picks him will be sleeping poorly until the games start and Bridgewater shines. As long as he wears the gloves!

  13. tvjules says: Apr 26, 2014 8:52 AM

    Agreed. And after this draft is finally done, I’d be interested to see how Mayock, Kiper and others scored on their mock drafts.

  14. bird2jasun says: Apr 26, 2014 8:56 AM

    From the same guy who said Jimmy Clausen was sure fire top ten pick…..then was steal in the 2nd round.👌

  15. mymanmccoy says: Apr 26, 2014 8:57 AM

    I said it on here time and time again, this guy is geno smith 2.0. He is not franchise qb because he never played anybody in college of any substance on a regular basis. Good luck whoever takes him. Overrated at best!

  16. lightcleric says: Apr 26, 2014 8:57 AM

    Can we just get to the draft already?!

  17. gbfanforever says: Apr 26, 2014 9:01 AM

    Seems like the obvious question is whether he has an injury that has affected accuracy and arm strength. Quarterbacks are drafted based on potential, which bridgewater seems to have. He’s probably going to fall past the quarterback needy teams, land on a good team where he can back up for a couple years and then be successful.

  18. pj1983a says: Apr 26, 2014 9:01 AM

    Pro Days aren’t a good indication of talent, but they are a good indication of preparation, which itself is a good indication of intangibles like determination, maturity, and work ethic. All the strength and skill in the world can’t make-up for a player who simply doesn’t care about playing professional football. And if Bridgewater was as unprepared for his Pro Day as the scouts and pundits are making it sound, I’d start to worry about that.

  19. getyourownname says: Apr 26, 2014 9:02 AM

    Mayock is good, but he also said he would not draft Burfict. There are so many “experts” you can always find someone to support whatever view you want to write about.

  20. sjoyner59 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:04 AM

    Would you rather take a guy who had a great pro day and looked terrible on game day tape ? Anybody can look good in shorts and no pads on their pro day,give me the player that performs in between the white lines are game days ! If Teddy drops he could be a great steal bc I think Teddy is going to be a player in the NFL

  21. rrthomasxyz says: Apr 26, 2014 9:04 AM

    When Bridgewater threw with his glove on you stated you thought he was a franchise quarterback and without it made you question everything you saw on tape. He’s going to wear his glove in the pros. Did you see how he threw at Gruden’s Camp “live?” Your conclusion of Bridgewater’s potential really doesn’t tell me anything.

  22. genericusername93 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:04 AM

    Does Mayock realize that that those tapes he watched were of live games? He talks as if Bridgewater’s career was scripted like a sitcom and he got in-game re-takes.

    Don’t get me wrong, his bad pro-day is absolutely worth taking note of, but to act as if watching it live allows him to quantify Teddy’s value as a pro more than ACTUAL FOOTBALL GAMES is so ludicrous IMO.

  23. wakaflaccoflame says: Apr 26, 2014 9:08 AM

    Reasoning like this is why you’re just a “Draft analyst” and not an actual GM. What kind of logic is “He’s amazing on tape but was shaky during a workout”? I guess he’s right though, I’d much rather take a workout warrior like Jamarcus Russell.

  24. cowboysnation34 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:09 AM

    Still think he’ll develop into the best QB in the draft. His intangibles and leadership are way to much to overlook. Plus, he single handedly put on a show in the sugar bowl, against a defense with NFL potential across the board

  25. irishinyourface says: Apr 26, 2014 9:11 AM

    i wouldn’t use a 1st or 2nd or 3rd..209lbs..he’s thin..thin ankles, thin wrists..he’ll snap in half quicker than RGMe

  26. tccoats says: Apr 26, 2014 9:13 AM

    This guy was probably NEVER a first round pick…..it was merely a media driven “mirage”……

  27. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:15 AM

    I would love to see Bridgewater collapse in MN.

  28. 15starr says: Apr 26, 2014 9:17 AM

    What a QB does on the field is 100% more meaningful than what he does during a workout in sweats. Duh. If he slides a smart team like the Packers or Patriots would draft him strictly based off of value. A dumb team like the Vikings will pass on him like they did twice with Aaron Rodgers. News flash – you need a QB to win in the NFL

  29. realfootballfan says: Apr 26, 2014 9:17 AM

    Hey, but he thought Blaine Gabbert was clearly a better prospect than Cam Newton a couple of years ago, lmao.

  30. habsfanatic says: Apr 26, 2014 9:19 AM

    Drew Brees, Mike, Drew Brees.

  31. andrewluck12 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:25 AM

    Well Mayock maybe that’s why you aren’t a gm. Or a scout for that matter. You and these ‘draft gurus’ are just a bunch of talking heads. You have NO clue who will be and who won’t be successful in the NFL. You ‘experts’ said leaf was better than manning, that Tom Brady had a weak arm and wouldn’t last in kid pros. The list goes on. Who knows if bridgewater will be good.

  32. beckzhere says: Apr 26, 2014 9:29 AM

    As always, QB’s get drafted way ahead of where they should talent-wise. He’s a first rounder for that reason alone.

  33. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 26, 2014 9:31 AM

    Mike Mayock? Man, if I was Teddy I’d be crushed. So says Mayock, so says everybody, right? Not.

  34. tinbender2000 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:35 AM

    Vikings snatch up Bilgewater.

  35. gsomatt says: Apr 26, 2014 9:35 AM

    Bridgewater can take comfort in that a sucky team in desperate need 0f a starting QB won’t take him.

    He’ll likely get a chance to learn and develop a couple years on a winning team with an established QB.

  36. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Apr 26, 2014 9:38 AM

    I think that all of these quarterbacks came out too soon. That is, they wont be ready to play right away. Just hope that they are selected by teams who are patient enough to develop their skills.

  37. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:39 AM

    “If I was a GM in the NFL, I would not take him in the first round of the draft,”
    well we can say with 100% certainty that you’ll never be an NFL GM so your point is worthless. i will say this, theres no qb in this years draft i would take in the first 2 rounds.

  38. restorativejusticeprogram says: Apr 26, 2014 9:41 AM

    Obviously he was faking being good during actual games and the other teams were in on it. His true abilities can be seen when throwing against no one as that is how NFL games are played.

  39. wanger1 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:44 AM

    We need more Mayock draft predictions like we need a hole in the head

  40. ourempirestrikesback says: Apr 26, 2014 9:46 AM

    I’m rooting for Bridgewater more than any other player in this class. Seeing Mayock and all the draft “experts” try to backtrack on what they said after he succeeds will be nice to see.

    The pre-draft process is a joke. What happened on Saturdays is far, far more important. Bridgewater played very well in actual games. Hopefully he uses this nonsense as motivation, just like some other guys that the “experts” doubted. Namely guys like Brady, Brees, and Rodgers.

  41. andymc58 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:49 AM

    Actually Mayock has been a scout.

  42. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Apr 26, 2014 9:50 AM

    Noodle armed BUSTwater will be at best the next Jason Campbell. I wouldn’t draft him until round 5…..

  43. blowfishes says: Apr 26, 2014 9:51 AM

    If the general consensus is that Bridgewater will drop to the end of the 1st round, then I hope the Vikings are able to trade back from #8 to mid to late teens and select Bridgewater there.

    I genuinely believe this guy could help the Vikings improve considerably!

  44. squinn21 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:53 AM

    Saw him play in Tampa this year against a horrible USF team. He lit it up pretty good but what really jumped out to me was how tough this guy was. In the first half Teddy got blasted 4-5 times and didn’t even flinch. I was impressed.

  45. rodell77 says: Apr 26, 2014 9:57 AM

    Mayock is a joke. His head grows daily. Wouldn’t know talent if it stepped on him. He’s a joke, Kiper and the others are a joke……Don’t listen.

  46. silverhornet says: Apr 26, 2014 10:00 AM

    Warren Moon wants an explanation.

  47. bpjensen says: Apr 26, 2014 10:00 AM

    Sorry Teddy, you are no longer a 1st round pick because Mayock watched your game tapes instead of attending the games in person. Tough break.

  48. 1pwrightt says: Apr 26, 2014 10:13 AM

    Mayock is a joke. Wasn’t he the one who had Blane Gabbert ahead of Cam Newton. In fact if memory serves me right he had Cam in the 2nd round.

  49. surigaostraits says: Apr 26, 2014 10:13 AM

    Houston takes Manziel, Vikings may take Bortles if they don’t then Cleveland will take Bortles at pick 26,Mayock confirms what I thought of Bridgwater he goes at pick 33 to 40

  50. carolinakd says: Apr 26, 2014 10:19 AM

    What exactly makes Mayock an expert? This sounds like the same things that were said about Tom Brady.

  51. zinn22 says: Apr 26, 2014 10:25 AM

    Unlike the ESPN talking heads Mayock has been offered FO and scout positions. Mayock actually watches tape and knows what he is talking about.

    But what Mayock is talking about many scouts have recently talked about is also on tape. Bridgewater’s problem is arm. He throws the ball terrible. He is a tough kid, who works hard, played in a pro offense, seems to understand defenses, knows how to call protections and make changes. But he throws a terrible ball. he can complete short passes but anything down the field and his accuracy drops off.

    In other words Bridgewater is a very smart kid and is very pro-ready. He could step in today and make an impact. But his ceiling is very low because of his lack of accuracy and inability to throw the ball down the field.

  52. wadrules1 says: Apr 26, 2014 10:27 AM

    Bridgewater wasn’t considered a top draft choice by the teams at all, but by draftniks like Mayock( highly respect Mayock). Since more info is getting leaked from the teams themselves as we are getting closer to the draft, the draftniks are changing their mind to align with the info they are getting from the teams.

  53. hartdaddy says: Apr 26, 2014 10:37 AM

    BS, since Russell the national media has been dumping on black QBs at every chance, it’s getting pathetic. Bridgewater is the best QB in this draft hands down, if you can’t see that then you shouldn’t be allowed to evaluate talent or place grades on anybody.

  54. tae323 says: Apr 26, 2014 10:47 AM

    So you rathsr not take a guy that had multiple good games against live competition because he had a poor pro day, and yeah if you was a GM you would be drafting in the top 5 every season because it seems you rather have the workout warriors.

  55. shoddymnbridgerepair says: Apr 26, 2014 10:51 AM

    With that name, he just belongs in MN.

  56. onbucky96 says: Apr 26, 2014 11:08 AM

    “The Most Pro-Ready Quaterback” hails from Louisville. See Brohm, Brian. As a Packers fan, I pray Rick Spielman takes Teddy Bridgewater in Rd.2.

  57. winstonjed44 says: Apr 26, 2014 11:18 AM

    If he really ends up falling to the second round, some team will get good value on him and it will probably work out for best sides. Less pressure on Bridgewater to come in and start right away, less pressure on the team. It would be better than reaching for a QB in the first round

  58. leatherface2012 says: Apr 26, 2014 11:22 AM

    when is the draft? in october? hurry up!!

  59. Fantasy Football Consultant says: Apr 26, 2014 11:26 AM

    He never was a first rounder. He’ll go in the middle of the 2nd to early 3rd rnd
    Manziel at the end of one. Bortles to Jac. Carr to Vikings.

  60. chrisswitzer2189 says: Apr 26, 2014 11:26 AM

    What if he threw bad so he would fall to a good team? Lol

  61. fundamentals425 says: Apr 26, 2014 11:45 AM

    His hands are small, probably needs the glove for grip.

  62. jburk003 says: Apr 26, 2014 11:52 AM

    I have a huge bunch that for some reason Hou is going to make a run at Carr…

    Second times a charm??

  63. threedeep1998 says: Apr 26, 2014 11:57 AM

    Mayock also loved Gabbert!

  64. wallbanger2 says: Apr 26, 2014 12:12 PM

    Romo and the #16 pick to the Texans for their #1 pick…Cowboys will then draft Johnny “Football” Manziel with the 1st pick! Done deal!

  65. nykfanwakemeupin2015 says: Apr 26, 2014 12:16 PM

    I have no doubt that reports like this are to influence the draft. Corruption is every where. You dont erase two years of great play in one day.

  66. dalcow4 says: Apr 26, 2014 12:28 PM

    I was surprised everyone was touting him as the top QB all season. He is just ‘okay’ and I never saw much to think otherwise.

  67. thebirdofprey2 says: Apr 26, 2014 12:30 PM

    I really like Mayock and think he is a top analyst at certain positions such as o-line, defensive line and secondary. That being said his breakdown of RB and WR have been hit and miss over the years. When it comes to QBs just don’t trust it anymore after Blaine Gabbert being rated better than Newton.

    I am no scout but I watched a handful of Bridgewaters games and I come away thinking he has a below average arm. Not even Matt Leinart threw that many ducks.

  68. neuf1948 says: Apr 26, 2014 12:42 PM

    I hope the draft is back to where it belongs, so teams on Mother’s Day will be going all over the country to sign the ones not drafted.

  69. peymax1693 says: Apr 26, 2014 12:51 PM

    Listening to Mayock do color commentary he is always talking about he rates players based upon watching film of them.

    Further, I don’t recall him saying that he downgraded a player because even though he looked great on film he failed to perform up to expectations at his Pro Day.

    Maybe he’s just trying to hedge his bets. If Bridgewater doesn’t succeed, Mayock can say he was correct. If he does, Mayock can say that Bridgewater worked hard on his game to overcome the flaws that Mayock witnessed at his Pro Day.

  70. randallwoodfield says: Apr 26, 2014 1:15 PM

    This is the same guy that was blown away by Jamarcus Russell, during his pro day.
    ————————————————————-

    Everybody was blown away by Jamarcus Russel on his pro day. The general consensus, by scouts and analysts, thought it was one of the best ever by a QB.

  71. toybkshr says: Apr 26, 2014 1:51 PM

    “This is the same guy that was blown away by Jamarcus Russell, during his pro day”.————————————————————————
    But, Mayock said he wouldn’t draft Ja_Russel in the 1st rd

  72. toybkshr says: Apr 26, 2014 1:54 PM

    From Mayock in Mar 2010:
    “Let me give you an example of the other side of it,” Mayock said this morning on The Dan Patrick Show. “The best Pro Day I ever saw as a quarterback was JaMarcus Russell. . . . I’ve never seen a quarterback throw the football like that in my life, but I still couldn’t take him in the first round — the guy doesn’t care about football. He doesn’t have the passion for the game, doesn’t have the work ethic, I don’t want him. But by the way, it was a pretty impressive Pro Day.”

  73. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 26, 2014 2:21 PM

    Bridgewater will fall. There are only 2 or 3 probable starters available. Bridgewater isn’t one of them.
    He’ll end up having a nice profitable career as a backup. As will most of this year’s QB crop.

  74. rajbais says: Apr 26, 2014 2:37 PM

    Mayock, you did that with Cam and look what happened there.

    Safe way would have been late first round pick (26-30).

  75. gomybirdsgo says: Apr 26, 2014 3:26 PM

    i think his hands are to small. I saw the videos from the pro day and he looks a lot like I do throwing an nfl ball. My hands are just a tiny bit to small. Perhaps it really is just putting the gloves on will make him look better.

    ORRRR Teddy doesn’t want to play for one of the bad teams at the top of the draft ;like the browns and raiders or Jacksonville and he bombing on purpose

  76. livenation90 says: Apr 26, 2014 3:42 PM

    It would not surprise me one-bit if Teddy turns out to be the best of the QB from this draft….it’s insane how all these analyst destroyed his stock of being the first overall pick…

  77. warhammer420 says: Apr 26, 2014 4:51 PM

    Pro days are meaningless.

    See: Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell

  78. richardernsberger says: Apr 26, 2014 5:24 PM

    I wouldn’t draft Manziel in the first round–i say he will bust, though guys who run around like he does can make enough plays to stay in the league for a while. Johnny football reminds me of a /slightly/ taller version of Doug Flutie, a guy who wasn’t a good NFL QB by any stretch–career rating of 76–and yet started for four or so years and played in the league for more than a decade, as backup for several years, mainly because he could run around in the backfield long enough for WRs to break coverage and then get them the ball. That’s Manziel–and that is R. Wilson. Neither will really be a genuinely good (classically good) NFL QB, but mobility causes problems for defenses and thus can keep a guy in the league for a while.

  79. fground says: Apr 26, 2014 5:53 PM

    I like listening to Mayock and lots of the other draftniks, because they are entertaining, and Mayock seems to be more like a scout than most, but there really isn’t much evidence that he has a clue which QBs will pan out.

    In 2011 he had Gabbert 1, Locker 2, and Mallet 4. No mention of Kaerpernick.

    That year was much like this year…there’s no Luck or RGIII that everyone points to as the top guys. Mayock missed the only “surprise” guy in Wilson…like most (Football Outsiders noted their system rated Wilson with more upside than either RGIII or Luck).

    Personally I think placing a ton of emphasis on one workout is nuts. Tiger Woods shoot 89 one day in a major – in his prime…would you place much emphasis on that?

  80. vincentvega513 says: Apr 26, 2014 6:19 PM

    Just like Vontaze Burfict is ‘undraftable’..

    Pretty positive he led the league in tackles

  81. realskipbayless says: Apr 26, 2014 6:51 PM

    getyourownname says:
    Apr 26, 2014 9:02 AM
    Mayock is good, but he also said he would not draft Burfict. There are so many “experts” you can always find someone to support whatever view you want to write about.

    He said that about burfict because of his off field issues and how he acted at the combine I think it was. I don’t think they said that about him because of his talent. Good thing for him it looks like he’s grown up hopefully he stays mature and doesn’t slip up.

  82. fmwarner says: Apr 26, 2014 6:56 PM

    It’s astonishing to me that in a football league, talent evaluators consistently undervalue how good someone is at playing football.

  83. fishyinalittledishy says: Apr 26, 2014 7:24 PM

    It is amazing how throwing a ball around in shorts with a bunch of over hyped big time mouth merchants watching is more important than playing the actual game.

  84. edavidberg says: Apr 26, 2014 8:32 PM

    Mayock is a solid analyst. He isn’t a fool like Merril Hoge.

    In this case he said he gave 85% of his grade for Bridgewater to the game tape. Is that really unfair?

  85. lackofsuprise says: Apr 27, 2014 12:59 AM

    Bridgewater is not my favorite prospect, though I think he will be a decent pro. I cant help but think that his bulking up for combine and pro day season had some sort of effect on his throwing.

  86. rob5311 says: Apr 27, 2014 3:05 PM

    I think Mayock has gotten too caught up in combine numbers and workouts. I think sometimes you need to go to the game tape.

  87. terrence24 says: Apr 27, 2014 5:41 PM

    I’ve read people saying he didn’t play any teams with substance. Well I suppose blake bortles did? If I’m right I think they played in the same conference. If you people who are doubting him compare the stats. Last year he completed 303 of 427 passes 31 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions. Johnny manziel completed 300 of 429 passes 37 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. Blake bortles completed 259 out of 382 passes 29 touchdown to 9 interceptions. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell who’s better look at the tape. Bridgewater reads defenses and is great against the blitz. Manziel runs under pressure and bortles is horrible, but yet people think they are better than him. Pro days mean nothing. What would they say if he had a horrible season and a great pro day? You think he would be number one? Probably not. Why down grade this kid for what he’s accomplished?

  88. bobsnygiants says: Apr 27, 2014 9:19 PM

    Mayock never gets anything right anyway. NFL network should get Cris Sims .

  89. tabdanger says: Apr 28, 2014 12:53 AM

    From Drew Brees Pro Day…
    “Purdue’s Drew Brees, may have lost some ground. While he was solid in the shorter areas, he struggled some throwing the ball down the field”

    From Cam Newton’s Combine

    “Cam struggled with his accuracy in the throwing drills, frequently overthrowing receivers”

    Go to sleep Mayock

  90. cincyalldaway says: Apr 28, 2014 2:04 PM

    You can’t believe a word that comes out of Mayock’s mouth! This is the same guys, along with several other so called “Analysts” that said Vontaze Burfict was undraftable! Will never make it in the NFL! The man is clueless and gets paid to be that way. I’ve obviously taken the wrong career path. :)

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