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Will Bridgewater slide to No. 8 after poor workout reviews?

Posted by: Mark Craig under NFC Updated: March 17, 2014 - 2:24 PM

Teddy Bridgewater played 39 games at the Louisville. His completion percentage was 68.4 percent, including a crisp, 71.0 percent effort in 13 games last season.

Accuracy wasn't considered an issue. Until, apparently, today.

Bridgewater's Pro Day was held today in Louisville. Twenty-nine teams were in attendance. The Vikings sent coach Mike Zimmer, General Manager Rick Spielman and offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

By most accounts, it wasn't a good 30-minute workout for Teddy. So the official Tearing Down Of Teddy process has begun. Who knows how far it will go, but this is a natural part of the process, particularly when a guy isn't that clear-cut No. 1 overall talent. And even then, with as much time between the scouting combine and the draft, even a guy like Andrew Luck withstood some arrows from critics and those hoping to muddy the waters so he'd fall to them.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock was on hand for Bridgewater's performance, which was aired on the NFL Network. Mayock, who considers (at least for now) Bridgewater to be the top QB in the draft, called the workout "average at best" and was clearly disappointed that Bridgewater didn't seize the moment.

Mayock said he saw "a lot of flutters, a lot of inaccuracy."

Bridgewater told reporters he thought "it went pretty well."

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, the former Cowboys executive, said Turner told him the workout was "pretty good." That, of course, could mean anything. Turner could have just been trying to be polite or vague. Team representatives aren't known for their pubic honesty when it comes to player evaluations this time of year.

Welcome to the draft, Teddy. The road will get bumpier before it gets smoother. Whether this means Bridgewater slides to No. 8, where the Vikings are, or even further, is, unfortunately, something no one can do more than guess at until the draft is held in May.

Next into the fire is Blake Bortles, whose workout is Wednesday at Central Florida. The Vikings will be there.

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