Mile High Mistake: How Does Tim Tebow Really Benefit the Denver Broncos?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators stands on the field during the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Cincinnati Bearcats at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It's taken nearly six months to get to this point in time, but finally we can say that Tim Tebow is a Denver Bronco.

It was a surprise to the entire NFL world to see Tebow drafted by the Denver Broncos earlier tonight.

Denver, which already has depth at the quarterback position, arguably didn't need another quarterback and does still have other key position issues to focus on heading into the second and third rounds.

However, before we can speculate on just what Tebow can do for the Denver Broncos, the bigger question is, why did the Denver Broncos draft Tim Tebow?

Well, there is no real obvious answer to this question other than that owner Pat Bowlen felt it necessary to draft a quarterback that could at least step in should both Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn fail come midseason.

But is Tebow really all that reliable when it comes to winning games, or is he just a liability that the Denver Broncos will once again have to nurture and keep a close eye on as time goes forward?

Some may argue that Tebow is indeed a great pick for the Denver Broncos, but a case could be made against Josh McDaniels, who has opted out of drafting Jimmy Clausen and has gone with the "blockbuster"-type trade rather than one that could prove to be more sensible in the long run.

Tim Tebow is, of course, a great quarterback—there is no denying that. But as it has already been closely noted, Tebow does struggle with his accuracy, and seeing as Denver still does not feature a No. 1 wide receiver on its roster, Tebow may struggle to find his range and arm in a Denver Broncos uniform.

The biggest concern, though, is what this move does for McDaniels. Three quarterbacks now fill the Broncos roster, and all have the potential to fail. Yes, two are experienced quarterbacks that know how to win, but let's be realistic here—do Bronco fans really trust Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn all that much?

The simple and most probable answer: No, they don't. Therefore, for a coach that is already burning on the hot seat, a Tim Tebow draft move may cost McDaniels his coaching career, as Bronco faithful are already growing weary of Denver's dismal ways.

Touchdowns and wins weren't exactly hard to come by last season for Denver, but when the Broncos failed to reach the playoffs after a rather impressive start, you can bet your money that if Quinn and Orton fail to meet expectations, Tebow will be thrown into the deep end, where his skills will truly be tested.

With this said, there is obviously no need to hit the panic button just yet. It seems that McDaniels is looking to build some form of team chemistry and communication within the locker room by drafting Tebow, and since Tebow can play in the spread offense fairly well, this move could just pay off for Denver.

Tim Tebow in and Josh McDaniels out is a possibility, but Tebow striving in blue and orange is a picture that we're already used to seeing. Much of Tebow's future with the Broncos may depend on who the Broncos draft in rounds two and three, as it is no secret that Denver do need some offensive motivation to spark all three of their quarterbacks up.

The quarterback position has been a smoldering fire in Denver for a while, but Tebow has a chance to reignite the flame and get it going again. Right now this is a "one way or another" type of story, and I assure you that you will hear different opinions over the upcoming days as to what the draft pick means for the Broncos' future.

A mistake or an opportunity ceased? It's hard to say, but Tim Tebow's play needs to do the talking come September.