NFL Draft Rumors: Scout Says Teddy Bridgewater Isn’t Top-10 Pick; Jets Interested in Brandin Cooks

Teddy Bridgewater
Teddy Bridgewater
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All eyes are on Teddy Bridgewater Monday in Louisville as the quarterback looks to solidify his status as the draft’s top quarterback during the Cardinals Pro Day. One former scout, though, remains unimpressed.

Former NFL scout John Middlekauff said on Twitter he thinks Bridgewater “is solid” and “will be a starter,” but doesn’t consider him worthy of being a top-10 selection.

There were six NFL head coaches on hand for Bridgewater’s Pro Day workout, including Bill O’Brien (Houston Texans), Gus Bradley (Jacksonville Jaguars), Chip Kelly (Philadelphia Eagles), Dennis Allen (Oakland Raiders), Mike Zimmer (Minnesota Vikings), and Ken Whisenhunt (Tennessee Titans). Of the six, four teams pick in the top 10.

The Texans, of course, hold the top pick in May’s draft, but recent rumors have indicated the team may be not set on taking a quarterback right off the bat — and the same goes for the Jags, who re-signed Chad Henne at the start of free agency. The Vikings also re-signed veteran Matt Cassel, but there has been no sign whether that precludes them from picking their quarterback of the future in the first round.

Bridgewater is XN Sports’ No. 1-ranked quarterback in the 2014 class. Thus far, the review has not been as good as expected.

We don’t expect the New York Jets to go after a quarterback in Round 1, and with each passing day it seems more and more likely the team goes for a wide receiver.

Last week it was reported the Jets held a private meeting with USC wideout Marqise Lee, and that was “a good indication” the team will seriously consider drafting him with the No. 18 overall pick. Not so fast.

According to ESPN New York, Jets offensive coordinator was in attendance at the Oregon State Pro Day to see wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The Jets have been “all over him,” per the report.

Lee is the second-ranked wide receiver, according to the XN Sports rankings, while Cooks comes in at No. 6. Perhaps the Jets’ mindset is that if Lee is not available at No. 18, Cooks could be their guy in the second round.

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