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Mayock: Concerns over Teddy Bridgewater's ability to be face of franchise

Can Teddy Bridgewater be face of franchise? NFL teams worried Teddy Bridgewater has seen his stock plummet in recent weeks. (Luke Sharrett/SI)

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is one of many analysts who have continued to push Teddy Bridgewater down in their mock drafts, and on Thursday, Mayock revealed why he isn't overly excited about the former Louisville quarterback.

Questions have loomed regarding Bridgewater's skillset, but it seems as if the pundit has concerns about Bridgewater's metal fortitude as well, pondering if the signal caller can be the face of a franchise.

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"What I'm hearing is two things. No. 1, when we saw him throw live we didn't see arm strength and didn't see accuracy. No. 2, when you draft a quarterback in the first round you expect him to be the face of your franchise, you expect him to embrace the moment. I think people had some concerns about whether or not this young man is ready to step up and be the face of a franchise."

A quarterback drafted in the late first or possibly even second round doesn't carry the same expectations of one selected in the top 10, so slipping a bit may not be the worst thing for Bridgewater.

The Cleveland Browns are rumored to be interested in Bridgewater if he falls to the 26th selection.

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