Thursday, April 22, 2010

Draft Tebow, or Pass on Him? NFL Teams Answer Tonight

Those of us that follow college football closely have marvelled at the accomplishments of Tim Tebow at Florida over the past four years. The Gator quarterback became the first sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy. He won two national championships. He broke the record for rushing touchdowns in the SEC.

However, to hear some NFL personnel people talk about Tebow, you'd think that they had never seen him play.

Or maybe they have.

At Florida, Tebow was not a prototypical NFL-type quarterback. He did much of his damage on the ground, rather than through the air. His throwing motion was long, which NFL folks frown upon. And the fact that, when facing a severe rush Tebow would tuck and run, does not bode well with NFL people.

This is a fact: Tim Tebow will be drafted over the next three days. But where he will be drafted is the big question mark. That, and the question of which position he will play in the NFL. Will he be a true quarterback? A "Wildcat" specialist? An H-back? Even a fullback?

Tebow is not the best NFL prospect in the draft, that's for certain. He's probably the fourth or fifth best quarterback in the 2010 class. But my guess is that some team will bank on his "intangibles", and draft him earlier that Mel Kiper or Todd McShay think he should be drafted.

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