All eyes may be on Johnny Manziel, but the NFL Draft’s wild card appears to be his pink Escalade-buying peer, Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater, who has seen his name listed anywhere from No. 1 overall to the second round, appears to be linked to the Cleveland Browns as their general manager, Ray Farmer, is reportedly “enamored” with the Louisville product.
Lest any Browns fans grow concerned, said level of interest, while given a strong connotation, does have it’s limits as Farmer would reportedly like to land Bridgewater with the team’s 26th-overall selection as opposed to the much-discussed No. 4 pick. Alas, in this curious case, “enamored” loses out to “value.”
Bridgewater has slipped on some teams’ draft boards because of a lackluster Pro Day. Farmer, nevertheless, has reportedly had a fascination with Bridgewater since last fall. Naturally, one should grow skeptical of sourced reports leading up to the draft as teams begin leaking information that may or may not be an attempt to toy with opposing general managers—the good ol’ “smokescreen,” as the kids say.
Though widely compared to Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, Bridgewater is ranked as the top quarterback in this year’s class by WFNY’s Joe Gilbert. He finished second in the NCAA in 2013 with a 71 percent completion percentage and set a school record with a career mark of 68.3 percent over his tenure with the Cardinals.