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This year's Aaron Rodgers?

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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?

 

Er...Maybe not :unsure:

 

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?

You have gone and done it now! 

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You have gone and done it now! 

 

Nah, not really.  If I had started a thread saying "we should draft Bridgewater and dump Newton" then I would have 'gone and done it'.

 

(I think some nimrod actually did start a thread like that some time back)

 

Like most of my threads, I'm asking for opinions, not making suggestions.  I prefer to ask others for their ideas first and then respond with my own thoughts later.  That way I can ask questions and/or make points on either side to move the topic along.  

 

To me, going this route makes for better discussion than the "all right here's what I think; now everybody react to it" type of thread.

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I'd agree...with one caveat. Franchising a QB takes up a load of salary cap.

Is it wise to give your team a fallback option?

Fall back option is a long term deal. You do not allow franchise QBs to walk, unless they are older then 34 or you got a young stud behind him.
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Bridgewater's agent responds to the story (PFT)

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I wouldn't mind taking a QB for those same reasons (fallback option, Anderson won't be here forever, etc), but Id wait and take a QB in te sixth-seventh round. No way id take one at 28.

Besides, espn would have a field day with that if we took him thinking that Gettleman is giving up on cam, etc.

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Bridgewater, Kelvin Benjamin...all the smokescreens are in full effect at this time so teams can get a guy to hopefully slide to them.

I would not be suprised to see us trade out of our day one pick bc so many teams would be getting back in for a QB like Gorrapalo or if Carr slides bc the day 2 top 5 teams might still be looking for a QB. Id rather have two seconds that pick so late in the first. Especially if Marquise Lee, Brandon Cooks, Benjamin are gone by our pick.

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Bridgewater, Kelvin Benjamin...all the smokescreens are in full effect at this time so teams can get a guy to hopefully slide to them.

I would not be suprised to see us trade out of our day one pick bc so many teams would be getting back in for a QB like Gorrapalo or if Carr slides bc the day 2 top 5 teams might still be looking for a QB. Id rather have two seconds that pick so late in the first. Especially if Marquise Lee, Brandon Cooks, Benjamin are gone by our pick.

 

I get the logic, but we know from his own words that Gettleman isn't a big fan of trading back.

 

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Cam is still a panther until 2017 at least if we want him to. No way we take bridgewater at 28 and cam is worlds better then bridgewater. He isn't even the best qb in his class

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I think since the NFL's shift to a passing league, we're going to see a lot more Lockers and Ponders than Rodgers going forward. I.e. teams reaching for a guy who should be a late 1st rounder in the top 15 rather than letting a potential franchise QB slide. Teams have always been desperate for franchise QBs, but guys like Cam and Luck (and to a lesser extent, RGIII lol) have shown that a talented enough QB can come in to a bad team and produce right away.

 

tl;dr Bridgewater wont be there when we pick

 

As for us getting a rookie QB for when Anderson eventually leaves, I like Logan Thomas either in the 7th or as an UDFA...he won't have the same plug-and-play ability that makes Anderson valuable, but then again pretty much no rookie QB available after the 1st round would...

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