Tim Tebow's NFL Combine Performance Won't Ease Doubts

Jay HendryCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 11:  Quaterback Tim Tebow #7 of the Florida Gators stands onstage before the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Early this week, Tebow announced that he would not be throwing at the NFL Combine.  The announcement is not much of a shock considering the short amount of time that has elapsed since he overhauled his throwing motion.

Instead, Tebow will run, lift, and jump at the Combine and throw later next month at Florida's pro day.

Unfortunately for Tebow, running, jumping, and lifting won't exactly wow scouts.

Brady Quinn, the last combine hero quarterback, sat on top of analysts' mock drafts following his stellar combine. He didn't sit on top of the draft though, falling to 22 and having an all–time-worst embarrassing waiting room moment.

Look for Tebow to shatter Quinn's bench press record, jump well, and maybe even surprise some people with his speed.

None of that will change his draft position, though.

For Tebow, the workout can only hurt his status. If he fails miserably at the physical tests, questions will arise about his future at non–quarterback positions.

If he excels to the point of combine immortality, he's just being the physical freak that every scout already had him pegged as.

His draft will be made, or broken, on his improvement in the passing game. No amount of bench press reps will overshadow his wonky throwing motion.

Those of you waiting for Tebow's workout just to see it, you're probably in for a show. He might be the strongest quarterback in the history of football.

Those of you looking to learn something meaningful about his progression as a quarterback from his Combine might want to go ahead and skip to March 17 though.