Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
There's a difference between herd mentality, group think, and a consensus.
With a herd mentality, one or two people say something and then their herd believes them and follows along. That would be like Mel Kiper saying something and then people who follow Mel Kiper saying and believing it because it was handed down from Mel Kiper.
With group think, you start off with a group of people who want to conform to the group and so to minimize conflict, they come to some conclusion and don't look for other alternatives.
With a consensus, you have a group of people who all come to the same conclusion.
Even with a herd mentality or with groupthink, they're not necessarily wrong just because they're not thinking for themselves. They MIGHT be wrong, but they're not necessarily wrong.
And even if everyone looks at the data and a large majority come to the same conclusion, they're not necessarily right. They might be right but they're not necessarily right.
When it comes to Bridgewater or Manziel or Bortles or even Clowney or Robinson, there are probably elements of each. Some people are calling for Bridgewater because they have someone they follow who's calling for Bridgewater, and some because they want to fit in, and some because they came to the conclusion themselves.
Of the 30 or so who voted for Teddy, maybe two or three have done a complete and full due diligence on the top 5 QBs by watching more than 5 full games of each QB. The rest of herd are going on what they've have heard and then parrot what their favorite talking hairdo says and like.