For the first time in recent memory, the debate as we head into the 2010 NFL Draft isn't about who will be taken first. It is a stone cold lock that defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh will be taken by the St. Louis Rams with the first overall pick. So what is the big question then?
Well the big debate all around the intraweb and television waves is about where America's sweetheart and Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow will be drafted this summer.
When ESPN pundits Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay aren't arguing about who can repel the most women, they are debating about Tebow's draft position. The general consensus seems to be 2nd-3rd round, with the outside chance of him going late in the 1st.
Wherever he ends up going, I feel he will be over-hyped.
The entire world seems to be in love with Tebow and his personality. He has the competitive attitude that you want in an athlete. But that is about as much he has going for him. And is that enough to outweigh his shortcomings?
First off, he has never played quarterback under center which he will have to learn to do in the NFL. His long and lengthy delivery also raises red flags as well. And while he has sufficient arm strength, his accuracy has always been in question.
So why would any NFL team consider drafting such a risky player with a such a high pick?
Well there is one team in my opinion that should gamble on Tebow with a high pick that could actually pay great dividends...
And that team is the Carolina Panthers. Let us take a look at the situation here.
First off, the Panthers are a run first team with 2 superstar running backs in DeAngelo Williams and "The Daily Show" Jonathon Stewart to ease the load on Tebow.
And having 2 elite backs would ensure that Tebow wouldn't have to throw more than 10-15 times a game. He could also use his running ability to compliment the running backs and help divert some of the defensive attention off of D-Willy and J-Stew.
Carolina also has an incumbent QB in Jake Delhomme to help bridge the gap to Tebow in a year or two. Delhomme could also lend his veteran experience to Tim and teach him a thing or two about playing quarterback in the NFL.
Having a strong running game and a speedy deep threat receiver like Steve Smith could be just what the doctor ordered for Tebow. If the running attack is clicking, then the play action can buy Tebow and his lengthy delivery time in the pocket to locate Smith down field.
And with "The Wildcat" formation taking the league by storm, it wouldn't be ridiculous to think that Tebow could flourish in the NFL. Just imagine a formation where Tebow stands in the shotgun position with Williams on his left and Stewart on his right. The reverses, play-actions, and options could wreak havoc on opposing defenses. They could even call this variation of the Wildcat the "Te-Bone" formation.
So if Carolina plays their cards right and they draft Tim Tebow with a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick this summer, they could be getting alot more out of this young man than they are bargaining for.