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Welcome to Minnesota, Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) - No. 9 overall 2014 NFL Draft pick Anthony Barr and No. 32 Teddy Bridgewater made their first appearance as Minnesota Vikings at Winter Park on Friday.

Barr, the former UCLA linebacker will wear number 55 and Louisville quarterback Bridgewater will wear 5.

Entering the draft with the No. 8 overall pick, the Vikings first traded down to No. 9 and gained a fifth round pick (No. 145 overall) from Cleveland. Manziel was eventually selected No. 22 overall by the Browns.

Then, for the third straight year, the Vikings traded back into the first round to pick Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater No. 32 overall. The Vikings sent their second round and fourth round picks to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for the Bridgewater pick.


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Bridgewater: 'I'll play with a chip on my shoulder'

Bridgewater said one thing he didn't like about the process was being compared to Willie Beamen, a fictional character best known as the cocky third-string quarterback in charge of the Miami Sharks in the movie "Any Given Sunday."

“I feel that there’s always room for improvement, and my mindset is always to be a student of the game," Bridgewater said as he addressed the media at Winter Park.

He also noted he received two congratulatory text messages in particular, one from last year's first-round pick defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and another from tight end Kyle Rudolph, who told his new teammate, "Congrats, be ready to work," Bridgewater said.

"I talked with coach Zimmer a while back when I came on my trip here, and he told me he loves guys that play with a chip on their shoulder, so, after having that conversation with him, just experiencing last night, I'm glad to be a Viking, but you can best believe I'll play with a chip on my shoulder," Bridgewater said.

He'll be jumping right into Minnesota sports culture tonight attending his first hockey game ever as the Wild face the Blackhawks in Game 4 at the Xcel Energy Center.


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Barr a rare talent

"You just don't pass up these types of players. They are just too hard to find," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said at a press conference after selecting Barr.

"A couple years ago, I could have never envision myself standing here talking in front of you guys. It's been a pretty incredible journey and a lot of work, a lot of dedication have gone into that and I really think my coaches at UCLA, my teammates, helped me along the way and I'm just very happy to be here," Barr said.

Barr spent just two seasons at UCLA, but during those two seasons he led the team in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (21.5).

Zimmer: Fans will be 'very, very proud' of Bridgewater

The 6-foot-2 Miami-native Bridgewater spent three seasons at Louisville and Heisman Trophy buzz circulated after he threw for 3,970 yards, 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 2013. He didn't end up a finalist, but will still go down as one of Louisville's best players.

“I think the Vikings fans are going to be very, very proud of him,” Zimmer said after the draft.

“I don’t want to speak for Rick [Spielman] but we wouldn’t have moved up just to get anybody. Somebody asked me earlier today would we take a quarterback in the third round and I said, ‘It has to be the guy that we want,'" Zimmer added.
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