Jan 30, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Bridgewater Should Still Be Top QB for Raiders After Pro Day


“I can’t remember being in such awe of a quarterback in my decade of attending  combines and pro days. Russell’s passing session was the most impressive of all  the pro days I’ve been to.  His footwork for such a big quarterback was  surprising. He was nimble in his dropbacks, rolling out and throwing on the run.  The ball just explodes out of his hands.” ESPN’s Todd McShay

“The workout Russell had was Star Wars. It was unbelievable.” Jon Gruden

Just a couple of quotes to help put “Pro Days” into perspective.

Teddy Bridgewater is the Antithesis of Jamarcus Russell. Bridgewater is a polished pro-style, throwback qb, with accuracy, footwork, and intelligence. While Bridgewater may lack the hype and out of this world physical skill set, he still in my eyes the top QB of the 2014 NFL Draft.

According to many media pundits and the NFL Network analysis, top rated QB Teddy Bridgewater’s Pro Day in Louisville was sub-standard. NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock indicated Bridgwater’s Pro Day was “average at best.” And further indicated he saw “a lot of flutters, a lot of inaccuracy.” Other draft gurus and media types agreed.

Dennis Allen was in attendance amongst other head coaches drafting in the top ten. Also the Raiders were reported to be the first team scheduled for a one-on-one meeting with Bridgewater after his pro day.

Bridgewater’s tough pro day is an odd occurrence, especially in a controlled environment and with familiar receivers. Many scout’s will tell you, a pro day is less about the drills, and more about seeing a prospect up close and personal. Observing a prospect in person can help scouts gauge attributes like velocity, size, and speed.

If you care Bridgewater clocked in a 4.78 forty-yard dash.

Agents, coaches, and players have turned the pro day into a science, ensuring players do not hurt their draft stock. Bridgewater declining to throw at the Combine, coupled with a poor showing on his pro day may have teams re-evaluating their draft charts.

But tape doesn’t lie. Watching Bridgewater shows an accurate, intelligent, and tough QB worthy of the #1 pick. While other top rated QB’s may have more upside, they also have questionable faults, not seen in Bridgewater. Accuracy under pressure, solid footwork, pro-style experience, and high football IQ are all qualities Bridgewater possess over his counterparts in this years NFL Draft. Bridgewater is also a complete quarterback, and wouldn’t require a “dumbed-down” offense or as big of a learning curve as the other young QB’s.

If Bridgewater lands to the Raiders at #5, Raider Nation should be elated. Not because Bridgewater is an outstanding physical specimen, but rather because Bridgewater is an outstanding Quarterback.






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  • K Hendricks

    Teddy is wayyyyyy overrated. Akili Smith 2

  • Brian Huth

    I’d rather take one of the tackles. Build the line first.

  • gary Adkins

    Amen OT please with #5

  • bzdup

    No thanks … I’ll take Sammy Watkins and go with McGloin

  • Flip Do’Urden

    No on in Raider Nation should be elated. Bridgewater’s ceiling is Aaron Brooks and should be drafted in the 2nd round or later. You take shot s on finding good QB’s later in the draft or free agency. Brady, Romo, Russell Wilson, Capernik, and Brees were all found later.

  • Pridenpoise

    After not resigning Jared, OT should be the number one priority, not a QB, who could easily be hit or miss.

  • James Schroeder


  • James Schroeder

    Oh yeah, Watkins is a bad ass. Just signed James Jones to a 3 year deal though. Oh how I wish I could see the future.

  • Pridenpoise

    Matthews or Robinson, I think are both guys that should be in consideration. As long as it’s not a QB.

  • gdubb

    No Qb in this year’s Draft is worth our 1st pick.we should take a On line man or watkins

  • James Schroeder

    Ok ok I’m with ya. I can see that. What do you think about Johnny, Blake, or Carr? None of them huh? We do need a good quarterback though. I like McGloin, but he seems to get batted down a lot by a good D-line. Pryor shows flashes but lacking instincts. Maybe with a better
    O-line and receiving corpse these guys would shine but I don’t know. It’s a tossup really.

  • Pridenpoise

    It’s not that I don’t like the QB class, I just don’t love them, and I’d hate to see the Raiders Blow another 1st rounder on a pick, only to have it blow up in our face. I just think going with a lineman there is better odds for success. I do like Carr, but I have to admit the fact his brother was such a bust scares me a bit, I have only seen a bit of tape on Bortles so I can’t really give an educated evaluation on him, although he does seen to be who a lot of the experts like, and his Pro Day was great. As for Johnny, man if we knew for sure this guys game would translate to the NFL, I’d love him in Silver n Black, his size worries me a lot. I really wish the Raiders would have found a way to keep Jared, and then I think we would have a lot more options, but FA is not over yet, who knows it might be Watkins they decide to draft. But as I said if I could count on these QB’s to be the real deal, yes I’d be game to draft one.

  • James Schroeder

    Yeah I hear ya. The QB position is a high risk high reward position, but like you said. It’s the risk that scares me. As long as we don’t give up too much to get a quarterback who has the potential to be a great QB someday. I’m all for it. Just don’t want another Tyler Wilson for Matt Flynn or JaMarcus Russell or some crapy QB like we’ve been known to have in the past. Like since Rich Gannon retired basically. I’m not real happy with McKenzie’s eye for quarterbacks lately but man I sure hope he’s learned from his last couple of mistakes.

  • sickoe47

    Trading down would be the best scenario,twice if possible and hope someone like OT taylor lewan from Michigan or zack martin from notre dame is available.teddy Bridgewater has bust written all over him and a sucker team like Minnesota will trade up for him.signing a veteran QB is the most likely out come for the meantime and drafting a QB prospect to sit and learn for a year will help long term.someone like Aj Mccarron or zach mettenberger would fit that profile both QB’s are great talents,but need to sit a year and learn the speed of the NFL.


    Why draft a OL with #5 pick when Raiders haven’t had a QB who can move the damn ball for nearly 20 yrs now.
    Good Offensive linemen can be found in later rounds.
    Bridgewater is the best choice, sign Mike Vick, & use Terrell Pryor as a slash qb/receiver on wildcat plays.
    I predict Johnny Manziel will be another Tebow QB BUST!!!!!

  • Steveopa

    We need to take Bridgewater how many of his receivers are draft prospects.