2010 NFL Draft: Why Tim Tebow To The New England Patriots Won't Happen
After all, they say, the man's resume speaks for itself: he's a Heisman Trophy winner and a two-time national champion. He's tough and mobile, in addition to being a media darling.
What's more, he played for Bill Belichick favorite Urban Meyer. Belichick has shown a tendency in the past to draft players from programs headed by acquaintances (Rohan Davey and Jarvis Green from Nick Saban's LSU Tigers, for example).
Belichick has also taken in some former college quarterbacks (Julian Edelman, Isiah Stanback) and turned them into useful parts of the offense. Surely, with his coaching acumen, he would find a use for Tebow.
To top it off, the Pats have an open spot at the quarterback position, with only rookie Brian Hoyer backing up Tom Brady.
It would be rather unlikely, though, for the Patriots to draft Tebow.
First, consider the fact that this team has a number of holes at important positions. Watching the 2009 version of the Patriots made this glaringly evident.
I'll tell you my thoughts while viewing this season's collapse:
1. "Wow, Chad Henne has had eternity and a day to find an open receiver."
2. "How did a three-man rush get to Brady that quickly?"
3. "Hey, Sam Aiken/Joey Galloway couldn't catch the ball if his life depended on it."
Does Tebow solve any of these problems? Did anyone, at any point in the season, think, "You know what this team could use? A quarterback who might or might not be the second coming of Eric Crouch"?
(Ok, that might be a little harsh.)
The point is, drafting Tebow would take away a valuable pick that could be used to build a pass rush, supplement the offensive line or gain a third receiving option. Such players would clearly have a much greater impact on the team than a QB who would receive limited snaps at best.
That's the other thing: playing time. To run a play with Tebow, you'd have to take Tom Brady off the field. Does anyone really want that?
In what situation do you want to remove a player like Brady from the offense? Wouldn't doing so make the team much less efficient, and less likely to move the ball?
Some say Tebow should be moved to another position. This would make sense if the team could pick him in the later rounds, but would you really want a third or fourth round pick to be completely new to his position? If there's a need at a different position, wouldn't it make more sense to draft someone who'd played there before?
In short, I believe drafting Tebow would be a horrendous mistake in most circumstances. Sure, I would advocate the team taking him in the late, late rounds—those picks are meant for rolling the dice.
But what happens if the Pats invest a third or second-round pick in him? The team would be taking a marginal pro prospect, using him in an inefficient manner and preventing improvement at some key areas of need.
Despite the mountain of press the Patriots would receive from the move, it would not be the best way to make the team better.
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