2010 NFL Draft Player Profile: Tim Tebow

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2010 NFL Draft Player Profile: Tim Tebow
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What hasn't been said about Tim Tebow ?

Despite winning two national championships, a Heisman, and earning (nearly) everyone's respect as a college performer, there is still a laundry list of flaws for Tebow as an NFL prospect" target="_blank">NFL prospect .

The guy is simply a gamer, a true leader and competitor, yet he is constantly weighed down by nitpicking, the overanalyzing of his throwing motion, and the offense he operated in for four seasons at Florida.

True, there's no question he has work to do, but it's still fairly arguable that Tebow's strengths and upsides outweigh his weaknesses.

 

Strengths

Tebow may have to fend off critics about his throwing motion for the rest of his life, but outside of his awkward loop motion, there's a ton to like about him as a franchise passer.

He possesses great size, strength, and bulk for the position, while also having excellent running ability and solid overall mobility.

He displayed his solid speed at the NFL Combine , and while it wasn't on a Michael Vick level, he still has the burst and agility to escape the pass rush at the next level and has the strength and vision to make plays with his legs.

Also, despite an average Wonderlic score (which was overblown), Tebow is a very intelligent player and a great leader. Florida did nothing but win with Tebow at the helm, and he was a constant driving force behind a talented offense.

Tebow receives a lot of criticism for a supposed lack of elite arm strength and accuracy, but he actually has outstanding accuracy on deep balls and has shown an ability to make all the necessary throws that will be asked of him at the next level.

There's no question his throwing motion is awkward and needs some refinement, but there's also little doubt that he can manage a team and make plays with his arm.

Florida's spread offense makes Tebow's accuracy and numbers look bloated, but the tape doesn't lie. Tebow makes plays, both with his arm and his legs.

Tebow also displayed in several drills his elite overall athleticism, furthering his potential impact as a runner and rush evader at the next level.

 

Weaknesses

If it's not his lack of elite speed, a supposed lack of arm strength, his lack of experience taking snaps under center, or his average Wonderlic, then it's his awkward throwing motion.

No matter what Tebow does on his Pro Day or what NFL scouts think about him in other areas, anyone who has a say at the next level will always come back to his throwing motion.

It's loopy, long, and slow, and it needs to either be quicker and shorter, or it just needs to be redone completely. Depending on how effective the minor changes are, it will inevitably impact his draft stock.

Tebow also needs a lot of focus on his footwork, as he's never been the most poised pocket passer and also does a Dirk Nowitzki-like leg kick-out when he rolls out to throw.

He needs to be more controlled in and out of the pocket, which also displays his tendency to give-up on plays and "tuck and run."

His athleticism and running ability are greater abilities than any scout is willing to give him credit for, but to succeed at the next level, he needs to be able to read defenses better and check down from his first, second, and third option.

Playing in a spread offense, not dealing with pro reads, and taking snaps almost solely out of the shotgun have set Tebow back at least a year in his development as a passer. Whether or not that's including a throwing motion that may or may not still be horrendous is yet to be determined.

 

Overall

People will have tunnel vision with Tebow and lock in on his throwing motion, but the real concern with him as a prospect is his footwork and his pocket presence.

The more controlled he gets, the more the game will slow down, and the more effective he will be. If he can learn to make quality reads and check down, his running ability will vault to a higher level because the impact he has on the game will be a lot more unpredictable.

Contrary to popular belief, he has the athleticism to be a great running quarterback and really does possess the natural tools as a passer to be an elite quarterback.

The only problem is, he's not built to be a first-year starter. He's a project that needs refinement as a pocket passer, and with the proper coaching and backing, he will get to where he needs to be. He's just too motivated and too much of a competitor to not do what needs to be done in order to be successful.

 

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