Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles Should Pick Bridgewater If Available


 

Teddy Bridgewater was considered a lock for top-five pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for a very long time. For many draftniks, he is the best quarterback prospect of the 2014 rookie class and Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller went to say that Bridgewater is a better prospect than Robert Griffin III was out of college.

I am no expert in studying tape, but I agree that Bridgewater looks at least a step ahead of all the other quarterbacks that have entered the 2014 NFL Draft.

As expected, not everyone agrees with that. Some believe Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel is or will be the best quarterback out of this class. What is surprising, however, is that there are football people who think he does not rank among the top prospects.

It was first reported by Daniel Jeremiah a former NFL scout and current NFL.com writer. He send out the following tweet, back in January:

 

Some days ago, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ general manager and ESPN analyst Mark Dominik said (from ProFootballTalk):

Is he really the premiere quarterback? I like the young man, I think he’s a quality individual, he’s got character and leadership and those things. But this is a quarterback, and you’re judged by what quarterback you draft, and I think Teddy Bridgewater might not have all the pieces you’re looking for.

Dominik is not the only former GM who does not think Bridgewater is a top prospect. Phil Savage, a former Cleveland Browns’ GM, shared the same opinion on Sirius XM NFL Radio (from NFL.com):

I think the media has Teddy Bridgewater in the top 10, but around league circles he’s more like a late first, early second-round pick.

Despite all that, I’m certain that Bridgewater won’t fall out of the top ten. There are at least five teams picking there that could use a quarterback and it only takes one to pull the trigger on him.

The Philadelphia Eagles are not in need of a quarterback – they have all three QB spots occupied. But if Teddy Bridgewater was available when the Birds get on the clock, I’d like to see them selecting him.

Mark Sanchez is not a good quarterback. He was a promising player some years ago. but he regressed and showed that he cannot lead a team to success. Matt Barkley didn’t show much promise in 2013 (he was thrown in the fire unprepared, I give him that). If Nick Foles goes down with an injury, I wouldn’t be confident with Sanchez or Barkley taking over. Bridgewater is a better option than both of them.

That said, drafting Bridgewater does not mean drafting a backup quarterback. Foles was stellar in 2013, but you never know how things will develop. Chip Kelly has said that “you can never have enough talent at the quarterback position on your roster”. Having both Foles and Bridgewater gives the Eagles the most talent at the position since the Donovan McNabb – Michael Vick days.

Bridgewater would also give the Eagles a better fit for their read offense. Foles is not the ideal option for that type of offense and while Bridgewater is not a dual-threat quarterback, he is much closer to that than Foles.

I am not calling for a new signal caller. I like Foles and I believe in him as much as anyone, but more competition is always a good thing to have. If Bridgewater could outperform him and win the starting gig, that would only be good for the Eagles. So why not bring him in and raise the level of competition?

If that happened, though, Philadelphia would have to find a way to deal with having four quarterbacks. The Eagles would have to either carry four quarterbacks on their final 53-man roster or trade/cut Barkley. They could also pace him on their practice squad, but it wouldn’t be long before another team would sign him to its main roster.

Selecting Bridgewater would complicate things with the team’s quarterbacks, that’s why I think the Eagles won’t pull the trigger on him, even if he is available. However, if it happened, it would definitely benefit the team in the long run.

 

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  • Dr Muon Funk

    So I guess the Redskins should also draft a QB? I don’t get that thinking.. if you’re QB made the probowl the year before you stick behind him and do not draft another starting QB.

  • Giorgos Kassakos

    You draft Bridgewater to develop him behind Foles, not to replace him. Then after the 2014 season, you evaluate the situation you’re in and decide what to do moving forward.

    I am a big fan of Foles, I wanted the Eagles to pick him in 2012 and even mocked him to PHI in the 4th round, but winning the starting job in one thing and keeping it is another. No matter who the Eagles bring, if he is better, he will start. What’s the problem if Bridgewater is there to compete with him?

  • Dr Muon Funk

    What about Barkley? What other team brings in another QB to compete with their proven starter? Was Cousins brought in to compete with RGIII? I don’t agree with that philosophy. Competition is good but do you really think that Sanchez is here to compete with Foles? I do not.

  • Seligkeit

    I think you also need to look at the opportunity cost. By drafting a QB in the first two rounds, you are missing other quality position players who can make an immediate impact on the team.

  • Giorgos Kassakos

    In the short term? No, a QB won’t help more than a top player who plays a position of bigger need. But in the long term he will.

  • Giorgos Kassakos

    It’s OK, we cannot always agree.

    Sanchez was not brought to compete with Foles. Even if he did, he is nowhere near Foles’ level. The same applies to Barkley. Would you be confident if Foles was IR-ed in Week 4 and the others had to lead the team?

    Bridgewater would be by far the best backup QB on the team and someone the Eagles could develop. Is this a bad thing to have?

    Foles is the man right now. But what if the Eagles lose a better player just because they think their current one is good enough? I just don’t think there is much to lose by picking TB, as long as he is there.

  • Dr Muon Funk

    Bridgewater hasn’t played a snap in the NFL. Barkley was a top 10 pick until he was injured. Foles is also 24. I would not bring in another person to compete with your starter unless you’re looking to replace him. You’re basically saying you don’t have faith that Foles will get better. And more importantly.. The Eagles have far to many holes to fill. QB is not an issue at the moment. Who backs up Brees? Mannings? Brady?

  • Giorgos Kassakos

    “Barkley was a top 10 pick until he was injured.” And Foles was picked in the third round. Should we start Barkley then? Or do you expect Barkley and/or Sanchez to be able to carry the team if Foles goes down? I’m really curious to know your opinion on that.

    “Who backs up Brees? Mannings? Brady?” This is exactly my point. Do you think McCown, Nassib, Osweiler and Mallett can adequately replace Brees, the Mannings and Brady? Remember the Manning-less Colts?

    “You’re basically saying you don’t have faith that Foles will get better.” I have faith in Foles, I don’t know if he will improve. Nobody does. On the other hand, I know Bridgewater is coming out of college with better credentials than Foles did. Why not pick a Top-10 prospect at 22? Just because he doesn’t feel a need? That’s how Jaiquawn Jarrett was picked in the 2nd round.

    Anyway, it’s clear that we disagree. In the end, I don’t think Teddy will be there when the Eagles get to call their first pick, so no need to dwell much on that.

  • Dr Muon Funk

    Foles has taken two years to prove himself. He threw 2 picks in 15 games. What does the guy need to do to prove to you that he’s a starting QB? Barkley is a capable back up that’s why he was drafted.

    And you answered your own question as to the team strategy that top tier teams take. They use their draft picks for real needs and have a capable back up in the wings not another starter.

    Also did you ever look at Foles stats in college? Compare them to Teddy? You should do that right now. And sorry big east is a terrible conference. Not saying Teddy isn’t talented but there’s plenty of college QB’s that did not transition to the NFL. Nick has proved himself. Let’s please move on and draft an actual need for the Philadelphia Eagles.

    You’re entitled to your opinions but I think Chip would agree with me.

  • Giorgos Kassakos

    You can say whatever you want and I respect it., but I take issue with someone trying to “charge” me with things I didn’t say. Foles doesn’t need to do anything to prove me he is the starter. There was never such an issue.