Okay, here's one for all you conspiracy theorists lurking out there (undoubtedly reluctant to announce your presence in a comment, but I persevere regardless).
While the 2013 season progressed, there was talk of "Tanking for Teddy," so that teams theoretically sabotaged their records in order to have a better chance of landing (at that time) the consensus best QB in the upcoming draft. But turn it around…this is a draft, so a player doesn't get to choose which team picks him. Or does he?
What if this whole "insane bullshit" that caused Teddy Bridgewater's stock to fall was carefully and deliberately coordinated by Teddy himself (or, more likely, his agent)? The plan would be to make himself less appealing to the QB-needy teams picking early, and then provide more authentic performances in private workouts with the teams that he preferred.
Consider this. Anyone who watched JFF fall to the Browns could easily see that he was not very enthusiastic about his new team. And why should he be? He probably wanted a more exciting destination (no offense to Ohioans). Let's face it: the reason that most of the teams picking in the top of the draft do so is because they are not very good teams. That makes them less desirable options.
But sometimes, a team with a bad record can have a lot of attractive traits, like: the best RB in the game right now; the best O-line in its division; a promising set of receivers; a highly-regarded coaching staff; an existing starting QB so a rookie is not rushed into play immediately; and a shiny new enclosed stadium coming on line in a couple of years.
I mean seriously, can anyone offer any other reasonable explanation for TB's ridiculous plummet in the draft evaluations, despite three years of quality tape?
Note: I do not believe in conspiracy theories. Unless, of course, they are really, really good ones.