While this may be a long shot, the Miami Dolphins should at least consider making a bid for one of the top 3 quarterbacks in the draft this year. Which one do I think the Dolphins should pick? I would say #5 from Louisville, Teddy Bridgewater.
Bridgewater, a Miami native, went from leaving a legacy at Miami Northwestern all the way to becoming a potentially top 5 draft pick. Teddy attended the University of Louisville and started for two years. There, he put the team on his back. Bridgewater started playing midway through his freshman season and never looked bad. In Teddy’s sophomore year, he threw for over 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. In his junior season, Bridgewater only improved, throwing for nearly 4,000 yards, 30 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions.
With a touchdown to interception ratio like that, it’s tough for any team not to think twice about selecting Bridgewater, who is a tough, prototypical-sized quarterback, standing 6-foot-3. Teddy possess a strong arm with a very good touch on the ball. Similar to Johnny Manziel, Bridgewater is also a guy that rises to the occasion with his back on the wall. Teddy led the Louisville Cardinals to victory past Rutgers his sophomore season after being pretty badly injured.
Although Teddy has a lot of good qualities, there are a few concerns. While standing at 6-foot-3, a lot of GM’s say he will need to get stronger in order to absorb those NFL hits. Also, Teddy is rarely one of the fastest people on the field- he doesn’t possess a good ability to avoid pressure with his feet. He is the type of quarterback to simply throw it away, which will add longevity to his career.
I think that Teddy is the most NFL-ready quarterback that can be found in the draft right now. While he does have a lot of improving to do, I think that he will be a very solid quarterback in the NFL. Being a hometown native, I think that the Dolphins can really continue to build around him. He has all the tools he needs to play for an already decent team and help them to become great.