Can Tim Tebow Become The Next Steve Young In Cleveland?

Benjamin FlackSenior Analyst IApril 16, 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Thursday night on ESPN was "Jon Gruden's Quarterback Camp."

The former Super Bowl champion winning coach sat down with the top four QBs in this year's draft (Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy, and Tim Tebow) to analyze their game and pick their brains.

Gruden told Tebow that he reminded him a lot of former San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl champion winning QB Steve Young.

Young was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 after a great career that included winning two regular season MVPs, a Super Bowl MVP, six passing titles, and the highest career passer rating in NFL history.

Not to mention that Young was also the QB that replaced all-time great Joe Montana.

When Jon Gruden speaks, it is wise to listen.

The obvious similarities between Young and Tebow are they are both south paws and also are very good runners.

Tebow (6'3" 236 lbs) also has a similar build to Young (6'2" 215 lbs) albeit a little bigger.

Both are accurate passers with Young's career 64.3 and Tebow's 67.8 this past season.

Tebow still has a lot of learning to do before he is ready to be a starter in the NFL, including refining his passing motion and foot work.

But Tebow has the desire and work ethic to be a great NFL player. And with good coaching he can become an elite quarterback. The sky is the limit with Tebow.

But for me the most intriguing thought about Young is the coach that gave him his chance. That man is current Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren.

Holmgren was the quarterback coach at BYU when Young was in college. He was also Young's QB coach and offensive coordinator with the 49ers.

Now Holmgren has a chance to bring a similar QB to Cleveland in Tim Tebow. He has spoken very highly of Tebow and held private workouts and visits with him.

The Browns will draft a QB in this year's draft. That QB could be Tebow or it could be someone else.

But if Holmgren sees Steve Young in Tim Tebow like Jon Gruden does, then there is a very good chance that he will be the choice.

If Tim Tebow does end up being Steve Young, then I for one would be more than satisfied with that.