Yesterday a report surfaced that the Cleveland Browns were considering drafting Teddy Bridgewater with the 22nd overall pick, but changed their mind at the last second to Johnny Manziel. Mike Pettine and the rest of the Cleveland Browns contingent have vehemently denied the report and claimed that Manziel was their choice all along. If nothing else, it just goes to show how closely ranked Manziel and Bridgewater have been by teams across the NFL and among draft experts across the media. The Vikings certainly had them ranked in the same Tier.
Despite the whole "what could have been" situation if the Browns had drafted Bridgewater and the Vikings had drafted Manziel, Bridgewater weighed in on the issue in a recent interview with Dan Patrick.
Teddy Bridgewater on the Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 5/13/14 (via Dan Patrick)
In the interview he mentioned a lot of things, but he addressed the possibility of landing with the Cleveland Browns. He said,
"I actually told my agent that's not the place I wanted to be."
He mentioned his desire to play for the Vikings saying:
"Throughout this entire process I felt comfortable with the Minensota Vikings from every visit that I had with the team. You know the family environment, the players and great guys. I felt comfortable wanting to play here."
All I know is, I’m glad that Teddy Bridgewater is a member of the Minnesota Vikings, and I’ll be watching the career of both him and Johnny Manziel with interest going forward.