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Bridgewater not highly thought of in league circles, ex-GM says

If you received a nickel for every time you heard Teddy Bridgewater's stock was slipping in the run up to the 2014 NFL Draft, you'd probably have enough for a pretty big purchase by the time the middle of May rolls around.

Former NFL general manager Phil Savage was the latest to remark that the former Louisville quarterback could go lower in the draft than most expect.

"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," Savage said Thursday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Bridgewater is NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock's third-ranked quarterback in the draft and sits just outside the top 10 of former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah's list of top 50 players. While most of the media moved the signal-caller down their boards following his disappointing pro-day performance, a large number still hold the opinion that he's one of the top quarterbacks in the draft based on his play in college.

We've reached that time of year, however, when a prospect's stock is starting to outweigh their production in school and that's one reason why Bridgewater can be found all over the place in recent mock drafts. Sampling a few recent NFL.com mocks, the quarterback is off the board as high as the No. 4 overall selection to the Cleveland Browns and isn't even found in the first round of several others.

It seems at the moment that predicting where Bridgewater will do in the draft is becoming as unpredictable as the draft itself gets when the clock gets turned on and the cards start to get turned in.

Despite Savage's comments though, there still remains a healthy possibility that Bridgewater winds up solidly in the first round come May 8. In Jeremiah and fellow NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks' latest mock drafts, both have the Browns selecting Bridgewater with their second first-rounder at No. 26 overall. Each previously didn't have the Louisville product going in the first round, so that could be indicative of the fact that the gap between where Bridgewater is perceived as going and where he's actually rated isn't as great as some think.

When it finally comes time for Bridgewater to hear his name called at Radio City Music Hall in May, it's probably safe to say that it will be the end of a long, long debate about where he was really supposed to go in the draft.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.

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