Tim Tebow's Potential Should Not Cloud the Seattle Seahawks' Judgement

Marci NobleAnalyst IMarch 10, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Quarterback Tim Tebow of Florida runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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ESPN has reported the Seahawks intend to meet with Tim Tebow on his pro day. 

With the trade of Seneca Wallace to the Cleveland Browns this week, it makes sense that the Seahawks would be in the market for another arm to put under center (we’re all still forgetting about Mike Teel), but is Tebow the right choice?

Tebow’s success in Florida has made him almost as much of a household name as Brett Favre.  And like Favre, people either love him or love to hate him—both for good reason. 

The former Gator is touted as one the the greatest college quarterbacks of all time, and also one of the most irritating.  Crying after losses (not something that wouldn’t be seen in Seattle), and thanking God after each pass connects as if every interception were some sort of Christian Karma and not the result of unorthodox throwing style and strange footwork.

Neither shortcoming is news to Tebow.  He’s been spending his time trying to re-learn everything he’s ever known about football in time for his pro day next week.

Personally, I hope he reveals a hint of perfection and raises his draft status so he doesn’t end up with Seattle (or at least if he does, I’ll feel better about it). 

The Bills, completely lacking in the QB department, will also be spending time with Tebow on his pro day.  If they like what they see, I wouldn’t be surprised if they claim Tebow with their first or second rounder (Nos. 9 and 41 overall) to finally close that particular revolving door.

I’m still counting on Pete Carroll to keep the quarterback position as a low priority (fourth round?) this year.  It’s starting to look like my hopes may be unfounded, but if Carroll is unwilling to drop a first round pick on Brandon Marshall who we know can play at the NFL level, maybe we can trust that he won’t use one on a risky pick like Tebow.

Plus, what if the Seahawks sign Marshall then pick up Tebow in the draft?  There’s no way that would work.  It’d be like the Westboro Baptist Church throwing to Rupaul —just not an amicable match.

Carroll is known for his ability to sight college-level talent.  Is it possible that he doesn’t have the ability to see when it’s transferable to the NFL?  Could it be that Tebow’s college-level potential is clouding Carroll’s green judgement?

And if the Seahawks intend to draft on potential, why not just give Mike Teel a chance?  Utilizing the quarterbacks already on the roster would, at the very least, free up a draft pick to fill in the offensive and defensive lines.

Teel finished his college career setting a Rutgers record for most yards in a single game and has been on the Seahawks’ bench ever since.  His final season at Rutgers he threw for more yards than Tebow did in any season at Florida. 

Is he throwing so badly in practice to really warrant no play time at all?  If so, why didn’t the Seahawks trade him instead of Wallace?

Is Teel another bit of Carroll’s spring cleaning that we can expect in the coming months or is he destined to remain untested and forgotten?

Whether Teel stays with the Seahawks or not, Tebow is not the diamond in the rough franchise quarterback the Seahawks should be looking for.  Work ethic aside you can’t teach talent, and regardless of the new tricks Tebow has learned over the past months, he won’t be the same caliber star in the NFL as he was in college.