Ted Talk: A Bridge To The Future
One of the hardest things to do in sports is predicting whether or not a quarterback has what it takes to be successful in the NFL. We see it every year: pundits proclaim that can’t-miss prospect while casting off a guy who turns out to be everything you want in a quarterback. Tom Brady was too skinny, but Ryan Leaf was on par with Peyton Manning. Mark Sanchez was NFL-ready, but Russell Wilson was just too short. Tim Tebow’s character and athleticism made his ceiling too high to pass up in the first round, but Colin Kaepernick wasn’t afforded the same compliments. These were the thoughts of the pundits, the experts, and the Super Bowl-winning head coaches. Guys who watch tape for hours and hours a day. And they were wrong. It’s just not an easy thing to do.
They say the hardest thing to do in sports is hit a baseball. I’d argue prognosticating successful NFL quarterbacks is even harder. It’s a hard thing to predict, and even if you’re right about a guy’s talent, you can’t predict what his environment will be like in the NFL, which is sometimes just as important.
Teddy Bridgewater has both things going for him. Most experts agree that he has NFL caliber talent and will be in a very good situation in Minnesota. Of course that doesn’t guarantee he’s going to be a 10-year starter in the NFL, but things do look good for the former Louisville Cardinal. He could be a very good long-term fantasy option in the process.
Gary Althiser is a diehard 49ers and San Francisco Giants fan. He feels weird talking about himself in third-person, but if you want to find him, he usually spends his free time on Twitter irrationally arguing about Alex Smith, or sobbing after NFC championship games. @NFLGary