After bypassing all drills at the NFL combine, all eyes were on Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater at his pro day on Monday.
29 teams were represented at Louisville’s pro day, including 5 head coaches — Houston’s Bill O’Brien, Jacksonville’s Gus Bradley, Oakland’s Dennis Allen, Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly, and Tennessee’s Ken Whisenhunt.
Mike Mayock on the NFL Network said that most quarterbacks have good pro days because their workout is scripted, in a controlled environment, and consist of the quarterback throwing to receivers he is familiar with. Mayock said that Bridgewater’s workout was “average at best” with “a lot of flutters, a lot of inaccuracy.”
Bridgewater also ran a 4.79 40-yard dash.
Legendary scout Gil Brandt disagreed with Mayock’s assessment of Bridgewater.
Norv Turner is the new offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, who reportedly met with Bridgewater over the weekend.
It was noticed by most in attendance that Bridgewater did not wear gloves on his hands after wearing them dating back to his days in high school.
“Well, when I was training down in Florida, it was 80-degree weather, sunny every day, so I was out there throwing without the glove, just letting it rip,” Bridgewater said. “So I felt confident coming into this process, coming into today, that I train without the glove, so I can throw on pro day without the glove.”
For the Bucs, there is becoming a better chance with each day that goes by that one, if not more, of the top quarterbacks in this draft could be available when the Buccaneers are on the clock with the 7th overall pick.
Mike Mayock believes that the only way a team should select a quarterback early in this year’s draft is if they are “stoned in love” with that prospect. Mayock also said that “the position players are so good. … If you have any doubts about quarterbacks, you can’t go there.”
The Buccaneers sit with the 7th overall pick, but if a couple of these quarterbacks slip a little bit, that would mean most, if not all, of the top position players in this draft would be selected already. If Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack, Sammy Watkins, Greg Robinson, Mike Evans, and one of the top quarterbacks are all off the board, the Bucs might face the real pressures of selecting a quarterback that could shape their franchise for years to come.
Yes, the Bucs need and want a quarterback, but we just don’t know which quarterback is of their fancy.
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