It comes as no surprise that Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner scoffs at the rankings, noting that there are only four or five guys he trusts to evaluate quarterbacks.
"The one evaluation we care about is ours," Turner said Monday, via NFL Media's James Palmer. "And based on where we got to last year and where we think we're going, I think we have a top flight quarterback."
Rather, he firmly believes Bridgewater will join their ranks once the second-year quarterback fully develops.
Is that a fair assessment?
One anonymous general manager challenged anyone to find an area where Bridgewater projects as above average.
We accept that challenge.
Throughout December, Bridgewater displayed poise in the pocket and a natural feel for pressure to go with excellent touch and top-notch accuracy -- even on deep balls. Those traits aren't going away.
Granted, the coaching staff protected him with play calls suited to his strengths. But it speaks volumes that Bridgewater was one of the NFL's most effective quarterbacks down the stretch with Matt Asiata, Charles Johnson, Jarius Wright and Chase Ford -- not Adrian Peterson, Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph.
We fully expect him to graduate to the top half of NFL quarterbacks in 2015.