The Cleveland Browns are in need of a quarterback this coming season, and they are expected to look into taking one in the 2014 NFL Draft.
According to reports from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Browns could be looking at selecting Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the 26th pick in the draft if they don’t select Johnny Manziel at No. 4.
Browns would be getting one of the more interesting prospects in the draft, but also one that was once considered the best quarterback prospect available.
If #Browns go QB-less at No. 4 and Teddy Bridgewater is waiting there at No. 26, don’t be surprised if Cleveland grabs him. Scouts like him
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 5, 2014
Bridgewater has had one of the more rocky draft processes, and there are many teams out there with question marks surrounding him. He has struggled throughout some of the workouts that he has done for teams, but has made it very clear that he is better than his showings. There is no denying the strong tape on him at Louisville, and he showed throughout the entire year that he was at the very least one of the best quarterbacks in the nation.
In 13 games with the Cardinals last season, Bridgewater compiled 3,970 yards, 31 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. His decision making was solid all year, and he showed poise in the pocket as well as the ability to make plays when flushed out. Despite the concerns that have been piling up about him by NFL scouts, he has proven himself to be a very good quarterback on the gridiron.
Overall, this would make a lot of sense for the Browns and could actually help quicken their rebuild. Bridgewater has the potential to be a very good NFL quarterback, but he will have to work hard and be willing to let the coaches help him. It will be very interesting to see where he ends up heading, and what round he is drafted in.