If Bridgewater somehow slips to #19 and we don't take him, I'm not sure there's much reason to pay attention to 2014, or the Hickey era in general. You have to completely forget you have Tannehill on the roster and simply pull the trigger. I don't believe he'll slide that far but Daniel Jeremiah had him down to #26 in his mock tonight, after sampling opinion following that pro day.
The pro day was hysterical, BTW. Who cares about errant throws on roll outs? That's not even Bridgewater's game. It never has been, dating to Northwestern High. He's a pocket type who can calmly drop it into the bucket as well as anyone in recent memory. It's easily the strength of his game. Downfield on more conventional throws he still needs some work, as I witnessed at the Russell Athletic Bowl.
I still can't get over those roll out plays. Those account for what, 3-6% of NFL throws? Fans clamor for them but they are worthless, essentially cutting off half the field on yourself. If the typical fan had his say, every other throw would be a screen pass or a roll out.
I like most of the ratings. Marquise Lee higher than most is very astute, along with spotlighting a past season. He was more brilliant that year than guys rated ahead of him have ever been. So much talk about drops. But how often are passes dropped? If you fixate on that type of thing it's like over valuing bunker play in golf analysis. Great, he'll be in a bunker once per round. Nice focus. A receiver drops a pass less than once per game. I have no idea how the low percentage categories carry so much attention.
I'll be sick if we name Zach Martin. That would be the draft equivalent of patching our stadium for $400 million. Sure, we're technically better off than we were 5 minutes ago, but at what cost? You can't afford to be that simple and shortsighted. In a draft receiving raves for front line talent there have to be superior options than a narrow-framed short-armed 23 year old workmanlike player.