What Does the 2013 NFL Draft Mean for Tim Tebow?
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The NFL draft is a time for new beginnings, though, and although that is usually reserved for the teams making the selections and the players being selected, players already on the roster could also feel the impact.
This time last year, we were wondering whether Tebow would be pushing quarterback Mark Sanchez for his starting job. Now, we're wondering where Tebow will play in 2013, or whether he will play in the NFL at all.
Here is what the NFL draft could mean for Tebow.
An Opportunity to Get Traded
The Jets are hoping to get something—anything—in exchange for Tebow, and a recent report from Rich Cimini of ESPN says "it looks like the Jets will keep him through the draft, hoping they can find a trading partner."
Will the Jets be able to trade Tebow?
Interestingly enough, although Mark Sanchez was reported to be part of the package that would ultimately send cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tebow was not discussed as being a part of that trade.
If a trade is going to happen, the draft will probably be the spot. Good luck finding a team to sign up for that circus, especially after the adverse effects it apparently had on the Jets last year—not to mention the complete lack of a market for him (more on that later).
Further Down the Depth Chart
After playing just 77 offensive snaps in 2012, it's hard to imagine Tebow being pushed any further down the depth chart than he was last season, but it's possible if the Jets decide to draft a quarterback.
Tebow was listed as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart all season long, but third-string quarterback Greg McElroy replaced Sanchez at halftime in Week 15 and for the team's Week 16 game against the Chargers. Sanchez was named the starter for Week 17 when McElroy got a concussion sometime between sacks one and seven against San Diego.
Tebow got no love on the depth chart last season, and that's not expected to change in 2013 after the team added veteran signal-caller David Garrard to compete for the starting job.
Delaying the Inevitable
In the end, the Jets could end up releasing Tebow if they can't find a trade partner. Since there appear to be no trade partners, this seems like the inevitable conclusion.
It's hard to blame the Jets for trying, but at this point, there is no reason to think that any team is going to suddenly come forward with interest for Tebow.
The problem is, it's too obvious that the Jets are going to release Tebow if they can't trade him, and there's no interest in a trade. Therefore, with no market for a trade, no one wants any part of a trade because even if a team wanted him, they could simply wait until he's a free agent and sign him to a contract without having to give up a draft pick for him.
Will Tebow start another game at quarterback?
So while there are still questions about Tebow's viability in the NFL, it seems whatever the future holds, Tebowmania has a future in football.
Erik Frenz is also a Patriots/AFC East writer for Boston.com. Follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise noted, all stats obtained from ProFootballFocus.com, and all quotes obtained firsthand or via team press releases.
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