The Vikings traded back into the first round on Thursday night so they could select quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd overall pick, a move that only came after they did some work to eliminate concerns about the third quarterback to come off the board.
One of those concerns was Bridgewater’s infamous pro day workout, something that Bridgewater was able to overcome during a private workout with the team. Bridgewater wore gloves for that workout (he didn’t at his pro day) and said he’ll keep the gloves on from this point forward.
The Vikings were also concerned about an abnormal heartbeat that was diagnosed during the combine and had him take an extra physical during a visit.
“I just had an abnormal heartbeat,” Bridgewater said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “I think it was 1 percent, or one beat, less than the normal beat. So, I came back up to Minnesota, got the physical, got the EKG and everything, got tested and it came back positive.”
Bridgewater said the Vikings were the only team to look into the heartbeat issue and they were obviously satisfied that it would not prove to be a major problem for Bridgewater in the future.