A year ago, Bridgewater was considered the likely No. 1 overall pick. But a poor pro day helped facilitate a tumble down the draft board. The Vikings were concerned enough to schedule a personal workout with him in April in Florida.

"He did much better," Spielman said. "You could see as Norv was coaching him up in just that short amount of time that he was getting better."

Bridgewater had made headlines for not wearing his customary glove during his woeful pro day.

"I don't know if it helped or not in his personal workout," said Zimmer, "but he wore his glove."