Browns Players Wonder: Where Would We Be With Teddy Bridgewater?


The Cleveland Browns players are having buyers remorse over the selection of Johnny Manziel.

Teddy Bridgewater was the consensus No. 1 player for most of the last predraft workouts — but ultimately fell to the bottom of the first round and the Vikings.

An anonymous Browns player told Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report he questioned to a teammate at the time what life would be like with Teddy Bridgewater.

Some players believed Manziel wasn’t good enough to play in the NFL. It wasn’t solely the work ethic or the partying, but a dramatic talent deficit.

In the wake of that disastrous start against the Bengals, a Browns player remembers a brief conversation he had with a teammate.

“Think about where we’d be now,” the player recalled telling a teammate, “if we had drafted Teddy Bridgewater.”

Cleveland taking Bridgewater wouldn’t have been a bad thing — of course — Cleveland also could’ve taken Odell Beckham, Jr or Sammy Watkins as well.

Bridgewater had four consecutive starts late in the season where he completed better than 70 percent of his passes, the first time a rookie’s ever had more than two.

Its safe to say the Browns blew it.