Why the Jacksonville Jaguars Will Take Tim Tebow in the First Round

James WalkerAnalyst IIFebruary 28, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Enough already—let's stop with the "Tim Tebow will never make it in the NFL" talk.  The kid is already there.

What do I mean you ask?

This is not going to be my way of selling the idea of Timmy in the Ville.  No, I'm not going to try to convince the doubters or fence-sitters on why it makes perfect sense for the Jaguars to take him in the first round.

At No. 10 or by trading down to pick up a second round draft pick—however they do it—the Jaguars will select Tebow in the first round.

The reason?

The Jaguars suck at making first round draft picks, and they love to burn them on former Florida Gators.

Let's take a look at two recent first rounders: Reggie Nelson and Derrick Harvey.  Both were great college athletes, but as of now they are very questionable NFL players.

Reggie Nelson must have the song "Pinball Wizard" cranking in his helmet when he's out on the field because he loves to bounce off players instead of tackling them.  And Derrick Harvey couldn't find a QB if he was tied to him.

Now I'm not saying Tebow will fizzle out in Jacksonville like the aforementioned players.  What I am saying is that the Jaguars have nothing to lose.  They are used to wasting first round draft picks, so why not give Tebow a shot.

By doing so at least the seats will sell-out quickly due to Tebowmania.

David Garrard would surely be thrilled if Tebow was picked up.  All he would have to do is dial up Chris Leak and ask him how it was listening to the fans screaming for Tebow every time he stepped on the field.

At the end of the day, the GM and head coach must make choices that they feel are best for the team.  Granted the team did fairly well with their draft choices in 2009 under new GM Gene Smith, but you know owner Wayne Weaver is losing patience with having 30,000 people in the stands at home games.

Would Tebow be enough to at least fill the stadium with fans once again.  Probably.

The Jaguars select Tebow in the first round, the city of Jacksonville wakes up out of its NFL coma, and the NFL, Jaguars, and Reebok make an immediate killing off jersey sales.  When the first game of the season arrives, Tebow will be standing on the sidelines taking a break from his practice schedule to give interviews or sign autographs while the Jaguars continue to rebuild.

Then in two or three years (if that long), when the team and/or town tires of David Garrard, Tebow will be ready to take over at QB for a few years at least until Coach Urban Meyer throws in the towel and Timmy returns to Gainesville as Urban's successor.

You never know.