On Thursday morning, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. unveiled his latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft, which included a big surprise. In Kiper’s projections, former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater watched his stock continue to fall and slipped all the way to the second round.
Bridgewater has been highly criticized in recent weeks as the draft approaches, and Kiper’s latest draft shows just how far the guy who was a potential No. 1 overall pick a couple of months ago has fallen.
What was Kiper’s reasoning?
“Let me be clear: This is the top-rated quarterback on my Big Board, a player I have rated higher than Bortles, Manziel or Carr,” Kiper wrote. “But my reading of the tea leaves in speaking with many evaluators around the league is that Bridgewater could drop if he slides past a couple of points early on. If I could project trades, I’d have someone taking him later in Round 1 having moved up. Obviously, he’s a steal at this point.”
Bridgewater’s fall began after a below average Pro Day, and it’s been on the downward trend ever since.
While it is hard to deny that Bridgewater’s stock is falling, it is hard to imagine a scenario where the Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns would pass up on the former Cardinals star in the bottom half of the draft.
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