Teddy Bridgewater had quite a wait before he was selected with the final pick of the first round by the Minnesota Vikings during the 2014 NFL Draft. He spoke on Tuesday morning with “The Dan Patrick Show” and said that he wouldn’t have wanted to play for the Cleveland Browns if he was drafted by them. He added that the only place he felt comfortable was with the Vikings. The Browns took Johnny Manziel ten picks before Bridgewater was selected. There had been a report stating that Cleveland had Bridgewater down as their pick but changed it to Manziel mere seconds before the pick was due.
Bridgewater now has his motivation against every other team in the league for passing on him in the draft but if he wanted to go to the Vikings the whole time, why is he so motivated against every other team now?
He got his wish in being drafted by Minnesota and he will likely get his chance with the Vikings sooner than later so it would probably be better if Bridgewater were to focus on what he is going to do with Minnesota. There have been too many people in recent years that have had a problem with the team they were drafted by. Those players should probably just be happy that they were drafted at all.
Is it possible that the Browns could have drafted Bridgewater with the No. 22 pick over Manziel? Obviously, many people believe that was the case. It sounds as if Bridgewater would have wanted to sit out the whole season and not sign with Cleveland if he was taken by them. That isn’t the attitude or impression that young players coming up need to be seeing or hearing about.
Anytime that is a player is taken in a professional draft, they should be happy about being selected. They can do what they want after that but in the interim; it should be an honor to have their name called by the commissioner. Here is Bridgewater's full interview with Patrick.
Bridgewater will begin his Vikings career with a rookie camp this weekend and he can begin his journey towards a successful career in the NFL. With the comments he made, he should be hoping that he can lead the Vikings to more success than what Manziel does for the Browns or what he said will come back to haunt him forever.