"Work hard and anything is possible."
That saying is drilled into every child's head as they grow up. That same setting could be applied to any member of the 2010 NFL Draft class.
In particular, it really can apply to the biggest "mystery man" of this year's draft: the new Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
A lot was said about Tebow leading up to the draft. His character was picked apart, his newly-developed throwing motion was analyzed to death. The biggest mystery surrounding Tebow was where he would be taken and who would take him.
Now that those questions have finally been answered, the next big question is the obvious one: Is there any chance Tebow can supplant incumbent starting quarterback Kyle Orton in Denver this year?
The short—and likely surprising—answer is....
It all goes back to "work hard and anything is possible," a saying coach Josh McDaniels has embraced since arriving in the Mile High City. The fact that Tebow took all the criticisms of his delivery and made one hell of an effort to correct it shows how hard Tebow will work.
Combine that work ethic with Tebow's natural athletic ability, and it may look darn tempting to McDaniels to give the rookie the start. It may not happen in Week One, but it could happen by the midpoint of the season.
The case for Tebow doesn't end with his skills, either.
The business side of the game plays a role here too. Orton is playing on a one-year deal, and new quarterback Brady Quinn has not shown much in the short time he has been in the NFL (albeit he has had zero talent to throw to).
Also, Orton has been stuck with being a "game manager" and not a quarterback that can make the play to win.
That's not the case with Tebow. Tebow is a winner; pure and simple. That can't be denied. Just look at the tape of him from his time at Florida.
Orton has publicly stated he has spent more time this of offseason developing his leadership skills in the locker room. Tebow would bring leadership skills that have already been developed. Could his open Christianity turn some people off? I don't think so. If you aren't able to tolerate different views by the time you reach the NFL, you have a lot of growing up to do.
Now, there is a downside to this. It's definitely possible Tebow turns into a great NFL quarterback, but there are no guarantees in this league. Sometimes it is just not in the cards for a player. Such could be the case with Tebow. That said, every draft pick is a crapshoot. Despite draft gurus calling some prospects "sure things," there really is no such thing.
I am not suggesting Tebow should replace Orton this year. I think Tebow is a year away at least. That said, Tebow has a knack for proving people wrong. He will pour his heart and soul into becoming an elite NFL quarterback. This young man has all the intangibles. The skills will take time to develop. If they develop this year, great! Start him. If not, oh well. That's why you have coaches.
There will be no doubt that this pick will be hotly debated amongst Broncos fans through the rest of the spring and summer. It is up to Tebow and the Broncos coaching staff to see what this pick ultimately leads to. The Broncos giving up a second-, third-, and fourth-round pick for Tebow shows they think this guy is their future. Time will tell if that is the case.
Although, this fact can't be debated, even tonight: the Broncos have gone from a malcontent to a saint wearing their No. 15 jersey.