Back in April reports surfaced that the New England Patriots were hosting visits from both Johnny “Football” Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. That got our minds working here at cover32, and we just haven’t been able to shake the idea that the New England front office is in search of Tom Brady’s replacement.
In recent years it has become clear that Ryan Mallett is not the long-term solution; while Mallett has displayed phenomenal arm strength and a knack for the system, he is wildly inconsistent and places balls in the the turf just as often as his receiver’s hands.
For version 4.0 of our cover32 mock draft, we have the New England Patriots selecting Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater has suffered the fall out of a poor pro day performance, highlighted by his over-analyzed undersized hands. Many pundits have Bridgewater dropping all the way to the second round, but we can’t imagine Belichick and Kraft passing up a player of Bridgewater’s caliber should he fall to the 29th pick.
Tom Brady was once billed as an out of shape system-player. Poor arm strength and an alarming lack of mobility were his primary faults. Well we all know how that played out…
If Belichick, Kraft, and co. determine that the trend of a mobile quarterback is one worth investing in, don’t be surprised to see Bridgewater training behind Brady for the next few seasons before taking over the reigns.
Check out the full mock draft here, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.