Tim Tebow and the Tennessee Titans: Just Crazy Enough To Work?

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Tim Tebow and the Tennessee Titans: Just Crazy Enough To Work?
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This week, as the monstrous spectacle that is the Super Bowl reaches its zenith, there is another story that's warming up, patiently awaiting its turn as the most talked-about NFL event.

Yes, the NFL draft is nearly upon us. Not the literal draft in April, of course. But all things related to it—the scouting combine, the workouts, the media frenzy, the mock drafts—are about to hit full steam.

One of the most intriguing stories is that of former Florida Gators great Tim Tebow.

Where, exactly, will the standout quarterback land? And that's if he even plays quarterback?

Much has been made of where he fits in at the next level. Some well-respected NFL minds—Jon Gruden and Tony Dungy come to mind—have him as a top 10 pick. Gruden even went so far as to say Tebow "could revolutionize the game."

Then there are other established folks who make their living talking football—ESPN's Mel Kiper being the most prominent—who see him as more of a utility player to be eventually converted to another position.

Time will tell, of course.

But suffice it to say that he's the type of player where it will all depend on where he lands. 

So what if the Tennessee Titans were so inclined to pick Tebow?

Considering Vince Young's career resurgence, Tebow's throwing would most likely be limited to Wildcat offense sets or gadget plays.

Then again, the Titans don't use that type of offense very often.

However, if he were to convert to, say, wide receiver or tight end, then things could get interesting for both parties. 

While it's true that Tennessee is adequately stocked at both positions, its run-first offense doesn't see receivers fighting for 90 catches a year.

Throw in the fact that Tebow doesn't have an ego, and it just might work. 

Another intriguing—and downright tantalizing—prospect is the one that has him in the backfield as an alternate H-back or, yes, option quarterback. If the latter were to happen, then you could think of him as the Reggie Bush of quarterbacks. 

He won't get the traditional prolific numbers of the position, but he'll be a game-changer, nonetheless.

If he were to be more of a runner, then that would open up options for the Titans, too— in the form of, well, the option. Opposing defenses would be forced to respect his throwing ability and constantly be on the lookout for gadget plays.

Again, the Reggie Bush comparison holds water in the sense that Tebow could potentially be an all-purpose player that is all over the field, impacting the game in ways that aren't necessarily jaw-dropping on the stat sheet.

So, at the end of the day, what do the Titans do? It's no secret that they're in sore need of defensive playmakers. However, it all depends on who's on the board when it's their time to pick. 

If their first choices are gone, do they settle and go with defense anyhow? Or do they pick Tebow on the count of him being too much talent to pass up, a la New Orleans in 2006?

There are still a little over two months—and two gazillion scenarios—to go, but Tebow as a Titan is definitely worth pondering. 

 

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