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Tim Tebow Drafted by the Denver Broncos

Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos

So the Denver Broncos drafted the heir apparent to John Elway by drafting former Heisman winner Tim Tebow from the University of Florida Gators.  Tebow has been called the greatest college quarterback ever and is probably the most popular college player in recent years which means that he has his fair share of Tebow haters out there.

Here are my thoughts on the pick.

Tim Tebow Denver Broncos Jersey I can’t figure out how a guy that supposed to be drafted in the third round two weeks ago leaps to the first round.  Now I know Denver brought him in for a workout and I know that he probably could make “all of the throws” but Tebow comes from a college offense that isn’t well suited for the pros.  While he was a great college runner, his 4.74 speed won’t cause incredible fear in the pro game as he can be run down by most linebackers and some defensive ends.

In Florida he had very poor mechanics with a very elongated release that would cause serious problems in the NFL.  Of course in a couple of weeks he managed to make his release a lot more compact which won him a lot of praise for changing it so soon (and created some questions about Urban Meyers ability to coach a quarterback).  In Florida he tended to lock onto a receiver and rarely wet through multiple reads before tucking it and running.

His fans will say that he is a really hard worker on and off the field and let’s be honest, few NFL games he will be in will be more pressure packed than two BCS Championship games or his games versus Florida State (than again, those probably were more like practicing against Florida’s scout defense considering the state of FSU football right now).

I keep hearing that Josh McDaniels will essentially redshirt Tim Tebow in 2010, coach him, and let him compete for a backup role in 2011 with the idea that he can compete for the starting job in 2013.  This makes a lot of sense as it what Green Bay did with Aaron Rodgers and look how that turned out.  Unless of course you have and 8-8 team and just traded away your franchise quarterback last season, your franchise receiver and a really good pass catching tight end this season.  In other words, this makes a lot of sense if Andy Reid had done it, if Mike Shanahan had done it (even in Washington), if Bill Bilichick had done it but not so much when Josh McDaniels does it.  The Denver Broncos have a lot of immediate needs on both offense and defense than quarterback in the first round.  First round draft picks are supposed to start now, not in a couple of years.  You don’t reach in the first round unless your name is Al Davis.

The Denver Broncos better get off to a fast start and sustain it this year; otherwise the fans and media will start calling for Tebow to play before he is ready. That could be a disaster for everyone involved.

5 Comments

  1. MDSF says:

    I can’t figure out how a guy that supposed to be drafted in the third round two weeks ago leaps to the first round.

    I think I heard Todd McShay call this one on ESPN Radio a few days before the draft. He said Tebow would go late in the first round because there were multiple teams willing to draft him in the second round, and one of them would trade to move up. It sounds like this became an auction, and the Broncos “won.”

    He conveniently didn’t say which teams were involved in the auction; I think it’s safe to say Denver and Jacksonville. I’m surprised that the Broncos would trade so much to move up if there was only one other team interested, so I’d guess there was a third team nominally interested.

    1. Buffalo was about to scoop him up and trade up for the pick. They forced the Broncos hand. Still, I can’t believe that anyone would invest in a first rounder that won’t play for two years.

  2. I was completely taken by surprise with this pick, and I am still not seeing it. His “wow” factor went downhill since his Heisman win and his passing is just not that good. I do hope, though, as you said that McDaniels sees something we do not. But, what I do know, being married to a person who grew up in Denver as a huge Bronco and, “Elway” fan (she recorded the song “Elway the Fire Armed Quarterback” to the tune of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with her own custom lyrics), that Denver fans might not have the patience to live through the “weening” process and McDaniels “rear” may be on the hotseat without some quicker results.

  3. Jordan says:

    I think it’s safe to say that Denver won’t exactly be getting off to a “Fast Start” this year. I think their fluke start last year was interesting and may have raised the hopes of Denver’s fans, but how they finished, really showed the calibre of this team. Now playing without Marshall??? The passing game is sure to take a big hit. Good Luck Broncos… hope you don’t drop 2 to the Raiders this year…

    As for Tebow, i like him. He has some serious upside, but i guess like everyone else is saying the potential for flop is huge too… but who knows, perhaps this experiment can work out… However, I personally hope that Quinn gets a shot!

  4. Bruce says:

    I can’t figure out how a guy that supposed to be drafted in the third round two weeks ago leaps to the first round.

    I think I heard Todd McShay call this one on ESPN Radio a few days before the draft. He said Tebow would go late in the first round because there were multiple teams willing to draft him in the second round, and one of them would trade to move up. It sounds like this became an auction, and the Broncos “won.”

    He conveniently didn’t say which teams were involved in the auction; I think it’s safe to say Denver and Jacksonville. I’m surprised that the Broncos would trade so much to move up if there was only one other team interested, so I’d guess there was a third team nominally interested.

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