One thing I just do not understand is how come Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and the others in their line of work can hate on Tim Tebow so much.
With the NFL draft right around the corner, those two have been on ESPN several times a day because they are the supposed top experts in the field of predicting NFL draft picks. Today, they both guessed, that is really all they get paid to do, how many quarterbacks will get drafted in the first round.
Kiper said one, Sam Bradford from Oklahoma.
McShay was slightly more liberal predicting three, Bradford, Jimmy Clausen from Notre Dame, and Texas's Colt McCoy.
Both have Tebow listed as fifth on their rankings, but differ on his role. Kiper has him switching positions to an H-Back, while McShay believes a team like the Colts or Patriots will draft him in the middle rounds and will have him come in for short yardage and goal line situations.
Personally, I think both are wrong and are passing over the best quarterback in this draft class.
The guy can make all of the throws. The guy threw for over 9000 yards while at Florida, playing against some of the toughest teams the nation could throw out at him, including Alabama twice, LSU four times, Georgia, four times, Oklahoma once, and others as well. He also compiling a career 170.8 passer rating and only threw 16 interceptions for his career.
How can anyone think his accuracy is a weakness? 16 interceptions! That is four a year. By the way since when is completing 66 percent of his passes bad? Only five quarterbacks in the NFL had a better completion percentage than his. I am willing to take a chance on that, even if these experts are not.
So what if he struggled in the Senior Bowl? He had what a week to learn that playbook and get comfortable with those receivers. That is not enough time to develop a comfort with the system or any chemistry with his targets.
People have concerns about his durability because of running into tackles. I doubt it will take too many hits from linebackers in the NFL before Tebow learns how to slide. Then you are looking at a possible Steve Young, John Elway, or Donovon McNabb, not a bad thing at all.
How can any team really want to stay away from that?
I know he winds up when he throws instead of keeping the ball up high out of the reach of rushing defenders. But you know what, watch the clip of him after the loss to Ole Miss in 2008, and honestly tell me this guy is not willing to do whatever it takes to win football games.
Yes, there are a bunch of guys that are willing to do whatever it takes to win, but look at his eyes when he is making that speech. Tell me there is not an added fire in that guy that few possess.
Mark Schlereth said that Tebow is a football player and that he believes is the highest compliment you can give to a player. That is what other scouts say as well.
NFL.com’s analysis of Tebow of the combine said, “Exhibits rare character on and off the field,” and “Is a winning football player.”
I don't know about you, but for me those are really, really high compliments of an NFL player. I don't know if there are better compliments.
You know what? Maybe Kiper is right, but then again he thought Ryan Leaf was going to turn into a great professional player. So, I will guess too and I think Tebow will not be like Eric Crouch or Jason White; players who had a great college career and then never caught on in the NFL.