Looking Ahead to the Minnesota Vikings' 2010 Draft: Tim Tebow
This might seem to be just a fantasy, that's because it is. Although it isn't a far-fetched one, when you consider the circumstances Minnesota is in and that Tebow will face next April during the 2010 Draft.
But why Tebow? Why not trade up for the likes of Colt McCoy or Sam Bradford? Why not go looking for a free agency snatch with a big name QB that finds his way onto Free Agency?
These questions are easily answerable.
Tim Tebow began his first season with the Gators as a reserve dual-threat quarterback that came in late in the season and lead the Gators to their first national championship in ten years by defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 41-14 in the 2007 National BSC Championship.
Upon entering as sophomore, he became the Gators' starting quarterback and became the first college football player to pass (32) and run (23) for at least 20 touchdowns in a season, breaking numerous Southeastern Conference records. He also became the first sophomore to win the prestigious Heisman Trophy.
In addition to the Heisman Trophy, his performance in 2007 also earned him the Maxwell Award as the nation's top football player, the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's best quarterback, and the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's most outstanding amateur athlete in any sports.
It was after the 2007 season was complete, Florida head coach Urban Meyer announced that the Gators would likely move to a two-quarterback system in order to take the pressure off Tebow as he had played a large portion of the season with a bruised shoulder and broken (non-throwing) hand.
Regardless, Tebow continued to play week in and week out to lead the Florida Gators to a 12–1 record in 2008. After clinching the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title, the team played for and won the SEC title in the 2008 SEC Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The win secured the No. 2 ranking in the final BCS standings, which earned the Gators the chance to play the No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game, which they won 24–14.
Tebow finished the 2008 season with 30 passing touchdowns, 2747 yards passing, 12 rushing touchdowns and 673 rushing yards.
On Dec. 13, 2008, Tebow finished third in the 2008 Heisman Trophy voting with Oklahoma's Sam Bradford taking the top spot followed by Texas' Colt McCoy, despite Tebow receiving the most first-place votes. Tebow also won the Maxwell Award in 2008, becoming only the second player to win the award twice.
It was Jan. 11, 2009, at a national championship celebration held at Florida Field, that Tebow announced that he would not make himself eligible for the 2009 NFL draft but would instead return for his senior season at Florida.
He has since been practicing with the team and adapting to a more pro-style. This of course being a preparation for his move to the pros that he is bound for in 2010.
Now, let's take a look at the two scenarios Minnesota will possibly have this coming year.
If Brett signs with the Vikings, Sage or T-Jack are the likely candidates that'll be shipped out. J.D. Booty is a raw pick and the fact that he started over Matt Cassel at USC proves that this kid is worth holding onto and I just can't see them throwing him away at this point.
The likely scenario points to Sage being traded since the team and Childress are sold on T-Jack being a Viking. The likely destination would probably be New England since losing Matt Cassel, the Pats have a significant drop off from Tom Brady to Kevin O' Connell, the late third-round pick in 2008 from San Diego State.
Not to mention, if Tarvaris Jackson is sent to New England, it might be the best thing for him and the Pats since they desire a speedy QB to run the Wildcat out there in Foxboro.
However, Coach Belichick might not be so fond at the moment in trading away a mid-level pick to the Vikings since he loves mid-round pickups and not to mention Childress' post-2009 Draft remarks about "stealing Percy Harvin" doesn't really bode well at this point.
But that's not to say Minnesota couldn't find a draft pick of some sort for the quarterback they choose to jettison for a pick in a rich 2010 Draft.
Favre would likely remain QB into the 2009 season and would likely be 'one and done' regardless if they agree to a one or two-year deal. This would set-up for a franchise QB grab in the draft regardless of Favre's position.
T-Jack (or Sage if he isn't the one traded) would likely compete with the draft pick for the starting quarterback position. In such a scenario, we can only bet that Minnesota will have a late-first round pick if Favre is a member of the purple.
Many early-bird mock drafts have Minnesota somewhere between 23 and 27 depending on Favre's signing and whether or not he's effective.
Assuming number four decides to actually stand by his word and endure his "itch," Minnesota will have its battle for the starting quarterback as advertised.
With that said, Tarvaris Jackson is set to be a free agent after the 2009 season and assuming that Sage proves the better quarterback, T-Jack will likely fall to free agency to make room for the draft pick the Minnesota goes with.
Otherwise, if Childress (as would be suspected) resigns Tarvaris, the Vikings will have to do their trade off again. This scenario seems pointless to re-sign and trade Jackson. As such, this would likely involve a trade for Booty or Rosenfels.
Either way, someone from the current roster won't be in Minnesota heading into the 2010 season.
Long story short, the 2010 Draft for the Minnesota Vikings represents the team's first legitimate chance at getting a solid quarterback since Dante Culpepper was sent to the Miami Dolphins before the 2006 season and Brad Childress' arrival.
Tim Tebow would have way more then enough credentials and ability to manage the Minnesota Vikings. His dual-threat ability could prove to be what Childress wanted all along in Tarvaris Jackson.
The two variables that Minnesota can't factor in at this point is how Tim Tebow will do adapting to a pro-style in his senior year and how Brad Childress will fair in 2009 and whether or not he's the Vikings head coach by the time the 2010 NFL Draft is even here.
Not to mention who might be on free agency after the 2009 season.
Current Minnesota Vikings' rookie, Percy Harvin and former Florida Gator played on the two national championship teams with Tebow and would create a good welcome and team chemistry to build on.
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