I can't remember the last time I saw a potential top ten pick have as rough a pre-draft season as Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater seems to be having right now.
Bridgewater chose to sit out most of the combine drills (except the broad jump). There was some criticism, but QBs not doing combine drills in favor of better conditions at home "pro days" is not that unusual.
Only Bridgewater's pro day wasn't so favorable. By all accounts he had what could best be called a "shaky" performance. Still okay though, because such things can be salvaged via individual workouts with teams that are interested. Right?
Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter have both reported that Bridgewater's individual workouts haven't gone all that well either. As a result, Bridgewater is now sliding down a lot of draft boards, and may also slide when May 8th rolls around.
Anyone who watched one of his college games knows the kid can quarterback. He can read defenses, he's an accurate passer, he's a leader and he's calm under pressure. Pretty much all of the concerns teams have had about Bridgewater have been physical. Some have questioned whether or not his body can take the pounding an NFL quarterback - especially a young one on a bad team - often takes. There were also doubts regarding the level of competition he faced in college, though most of those seem to have been quieted.
The question becomes whether teams will put more value on the game film or the workouts.
So supposing Bridgewater experiences an Aaron Rodger's type slide in the draft and falls all the way out of the top ten - and maybe further - who do you think stops that slide?
And if he falls all the way to 28, given Newton's contract situation, how probable would it be to see the Panthers taking him?