The Los Angeles Times 2014 NFL mock draft does not included Teddy Bridgewater in the first round.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It is NFL Draft week, and the time has come to consider a jarring question:
Has former University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater slipped all the way out of the first round and become a second-day selection?
You can find mock drafts that still project that Bridgewater will be taken by Minnesota with the eighth overall pick. That would not be surprising.
The Vikings need a quarterback. They haven’t had once since Joe Kapp. Or Fran Tarkenton.
The Vikings scouted Bridgewater in a string of games during the 2013 season. I sat next to Vikings general manager Rick Spielman when Bridgewater completed 29 of 38 passes for 341 and two touchdowns in Louisville’s loss to Central Florida. He seemed impressed. He took a lot of notes.
But you can also find mock drafts that do not include Bridgewater in the first 32 picks, even though he is one of 30 players that the league has invited to Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the first round, which begins at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Sam Farmer, the paper’s NFL writer, polled writers who cover all 32 teams in the league. He asked each guy to make the pick for the team that he covers.
Two quarterbacks were taken in Round One – Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Blake Bortles of Central Florida.
The L.A. Times had Manziel going fourth to Cleveland and Bortles 19th to Miami.
The Vikings? The Minnesota beat writer selected Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Really. He apparently remains in free fall because of an unimpressive performance on March 17 during Louisville's Pro Day workout for 29 NFL teams.
The only local player taken in Round One was U of L safety Calvin Pryor. He’s on the board at 23 to Kansas City, although several other mock drafts actually have Baltimore taking him with the 17th pick.
There will be a string of interesting stories at the NFL Draft Thursday night, starting with Teddy Bridgewater.