2010 Senior Bowl: How Did Tim Tebow's Stock Improve?
The 2010 Senior Bowl wasn't a game Tim Tebow will want to remember for very long.
He may already be trying to forget it, or then again, he could want to use it as a memory to drive him to be better for the rest of his football career. Tebow nearly guaranteed that he will not be drafted in the first round, or even the second round.
He guaranteed that he will not be drafted as a franchise quarterback. The only teams who at this point would be willing to give him the opportunity at being their quarterback seem to be San Francisco, Jacksonville, Washington, and a select few others.
I doubt seriously any of those teams are willing to spend first round money on the big bodied Tebow, unless of course one of these teams goes the route of an all out spread offense.
When I say his stock went up, I mean it went up if he's willing to accept it. Tebow will have a long, drawn out battle learning and adapting to a pro-style offense. Tebow is so tremendously gifted as an athlete that he can play professional football. A running back, fullback, or even a tight end are all well in the realm of possibility for Tebow.
However, he has stated he wants to play quarterback. His stock in essence, is up to him.
When one looks at Tebow, his mechanics as a quarterback are shaky. His athletic ability is second to very few. Tebow is an intelligent player, and should be able to adapt to another position on the field. His desire, heart, and work ethic make him a still valuable prospect. His leadership abilities make him a commodity as well.
Tebow will be drafted on the first day, and the fan base will be divided for whatever team selects him; many in support, some full of outrage.
It's hard to remember a player as polarizing as Tim Tebow. We've all heard the jokes, "Superman wears Tim Tebow pajamas," but there are also the anti-Tebow comments that have a bit of substance to them.
Tebow was without a doubt one of the greatest college football players to step on the field, but as a quarterback, he was grossly overrated, and there have been a contingent of fans who have said that before Tebow won his second national championship. As far as raw ability goes, Tebow is at the top of the draft class.
You can't take Tebow's speed away from, like his aforementioned heart, desire, and leadership skills. It's those traits that ensure his time in the NFL.
The question is, at what position?
There will likely be a team out there that will take a chance on Tebow as a quarterback. If a team gambles, takes Tebow, and uses him at another position, their gamble may pay off.
While in the 2010 Senior Bowl it's safe to label Tebow a bust, his pro career is far from over and it's impossible to label him as an NFL bust. Only time will tell what Tim Tebow's professional legacy will be.
It's safe to say that it will not be as brilliant as his college legacy, but it will be interesting to see.
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