Vikings Introduce Barr, Bridgewater

Updated: 05/12/2014 1:54 PM
Created: 05/09/2014 3:49 PM
By: Nick Tabbert

A day after being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater were introduced to the media and Minnesota Friday afternoon at a press conference at Winter Park.

Barr was selected as the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday. His first words as a member of the Vikings were to thank General Manager Rick Spielman, the Wilf family, and coach Mike Zimmer.

"I have to hold up my end of the deal now," he said. "I'm just so excited, so happy to be a Viking and can't wait to get to work."

Bridgewater, who was chosen as the 32nd overall pick, also gave thanks before answering questions.

"This entire process, it's been a once-in-a-lifetime experience," he said.

Barr is a four-star fullback at UCLA who switched to linebacker for his final two seasons. He recorded 10 sacks and 68 tackles during the 2013 season. He is the second-highest drafted linebacker in franchise history, behind only Chris Doleman at No. 4 overall in 1985, and seventh linebacker taken by the franchise in the first round.

Bridgewater threw for 31 touchdowns and four interceptions last season as the quarterback for the University of Louisville. He said he received congratulatory text messages from Vikings players Kyle Rudolph and Shariff Floyd.

Veteran Matt Cassel signed a contract earlier in the offseason to stay with the Vikings and is considered the starter heading into this season. Christian Ponder is the other quarterback on the roster.

When asked if he expected to walk in and be the starter, Bridgewater calmly responded he wants to remain a student of the game and will let his play do the talking.

"My expectations here is just to show that I'll compete at a high level and lead this team," he said, "and eventually if I can showcase the talents and ability to be the starter, then that's my expectations."

The Vikings traded with the Seattle Seahawks to get the 32nd and final pick of the first round. Minnesota passed on a quarterback earlier in the round by picking Barr, but as head coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday, the opportunity later in the night was too good to pass up.

Barr will wear No. 55 and Bridgewater will wear No. 5.

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