The draft process was not a kind one for Teddy Bridgewater. In December, he heard plenty of analysts say he was the potential No. 1 pick in the draft.
After an awful pro day, Bridgewater was picked apart by draft analysts who mostly dropped him out of the first round of their mock drafts. Now the newest "quarterback of the future" in Minnesota after getting taken No. 32 overall, Bridgewater thought of one draft critique more than the rest.
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"The comparison to Willie Beamen," Bridgewater remembered Friday. "That was pretty harsh, but everything happens for a reason and like I said, you can't control it."
Bridgewater is making reference to the NFL coach who compared Bridgewater to Jamie Foxx's flashy character from the disappointing movie "Any Given Sunday." It was a ridiculous thing to say in so many ways that it's not worth trying to explain. Bridgewater might forget that comparison, but he'll probably never forget his pro day experience.
"I just struggled the whole day, but I embraced the fact that it didn't go well," Bridgewater told NFL Network's Albert Breer. "In order for me to get better, I had to move forward from that. Everything didn't go the way I planned or expected, but it happened for a reason. I'm glad to be here with the Minnesota Vikings."
Bridgewater confirmed that he will wear a glove at the NFL level, something he surprisingly decided not to do at the pro day. In the end, Bridgewater is in position to succeed. He called Norv and Scott Turner "masterminds" and there are plenty of weapons around him with Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Rudolph and Greg Jennings.