Mock Draft: Bridgewater remains a Top 5 pick

Mock Draft: Bridgewater remains a Top 5 pick

Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) rushes with the ball during the second half of the Russell Athletic Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

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by Brent Sobleski / USA Today Sports

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Posted on March 18, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Louisville’s pro day wasn’t a good day for Teddy Bridgewater.

Bridgewater didn’t throw the football like the top quarterback prospect is expected to in that particular setting.

In a class where the talent of the quarterbacks was already in question, Bridgewater’s poor performance only added to the growing uncertainty regarding the game’s most important position for May’s NFL draft.

Here’s the reality, though: a pro day is a small portion of the evaluation process. Teams interested in Bridgewater won’t exactly be thrilled with his performance, but they won’t be scared away from him as a prospect based on one bad day.

What became apparent as Bridgewater’s errant and wobbly passes wafted through the air is there is no standout talent at quarterback in this year’s draft class. As a result, the quarterbacks will be rated differently based on each team’s preference and system.

Despite all of that, Bridgewater should still be considered a potential Top 10 selection. One team, in particular, that would be a good fit for him — and vice versa — is the Oakland Raiders.

“The word leaving [Louisville's] pro-day is … Bridgewater ends up with the Oakland Raiders in round one,” Draftinsider.net’s Tony Pauline wrote.

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen was in attendance at Louisville’s pro day, and the Raiders met with Bridgewater after his workout.

Now, on to this week’s mock draft…

1. Texans

Blake Bortles, QB UCF

2. Rams (from WASH)

Greg Robinson, OT Auburn

3. Jaguars

Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina

4. Browns

Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson

5. Raiders

Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville

6. Falcons

Khalil Mack, LB Buffalo

7. Buccaneers

Anthony Barr, LB UCLA

8. Vikings

Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M

9. Bills

Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M

10. Lions

Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State

11. Titans

Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan

12. Giants

Mike Evans, WR Texas A&M

13. Rams

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S Alabama

14. Bears

Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh

15. Steelers

Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State

16. Cowboys

Timmy Jernigan, DT Florida State

17. Ravens

Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina

18. Jets

Calvin Pryor, S Louisville

19. Dolphins

Zack Martin, OT Notre Dame

20. Cardinals

Dee Ford, DE Auburn

21. Packers

C.J. Mosley, LB Alabama

22. Eagles

Xavier Su’a-Filo, G UCLA

23. Chiefs

Marqise Lee, WR USC

24. Bengals

Bradley Roby, CB Ohio State

25. Chargers

Kony Ealy, DE Missouri

26. Browns (from IND)

Derek Carr, QB Fresno State

27. Saints

Kyle Fuller, CB Virginia Tech

28. Panthers

Odell Beckham Jr., WR LSU

29. Patriots

Louis Nix III, NT Notre Dame

30. 49ers

Jason Verrett, CB TCU

31. Broncos

Ryan Shazier, LB Ohio State

32. Seahawks

Brandin Cooks, WR Oregon State

*Draft order was determined by record, strength of schedule and playoff results. The slotting for the Cowboys and the Ravens was decided by a coin flip due to identical records and opponent strength of schedules.

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