2010 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos Miss a Chance To Get Better by Drafting Tim Tebow
There are several strategies that teams may choose to employ when it comes to making their selections in the NFL Draft.
Some teams opt for choosing the best player available, regardless of position. Other teams choose to base their selections almost entirely on a few specific positions where they have a need.
The Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels have added a new draft strategy to the mix: draft the nicest guy left on the board, regardless of position.
Granted, after dealing with whiny spoiled brats like Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, who can blame McDaniels for picking Tebow based almost entirely on his seemingly flawless character and likability?
After all, wouldn't it be nice for the organization to finally have a team leader who isn't a self-centered jerk? Tebow is a certifiable boy scout, and will likely never do anything to upset his coach or the Denver fans.
Unfortunately for those same fans, boy scouts don't necessarily make good professional quarterbacks.
Worse yet, the Broncos don't even really need another quarterback.
Starter Kyle Orton had his best season as a professional last year, throwing for more than 3,800 yards with 21 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. He was the league's 14th rated passer, and had better numbers than guys like the aforementioned Cutler, Matt Ryan, and Carson Palmer.
Sure, Tebow was an excellent collegiate dual-threat quarterback, winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the Florida Gators to 2009 National Championship.
In fact, Tebow kind of reminds me of another Heisman winning dual-threat quarterback who led his team to a National Championship.
That guy's name was Eric Crouch.
Of course, Crouch wasn't drafted until the 95th overall pick (third round) of the 2002 NFL Draft, and he was picked on the basis of him changing positions. He went on to a short and forgettable NFL career as a wide receiver and safety before moving on to the CFL to close out his career.
So is Tim Tebow just another Crouch, or does McDaniels really think this guy can play quarterback in the NFL?
Perhaps the offensive-minded McDaniels has designed a super secret special short-yardage option formation that he believes Tebow would be perfect for.
Who really knows?
Obviously, the Broncos didn't draft Tebow to be a dropback quarterback—they couldn't have. Could they?
With both Jimmy Claussen and Colt McCoy still on the board when Tebow was picked, it is just baffling to think that the Denver brass would think that Tebow could be a better passer than either of those two guys.
So on a night when Denver found their replacement for Marshall with their first pick in round one with receiver Demaryius Thomas, it appears they blew an opportunity to get a leg up on the remainder of the AFC West by using their second pick on a starter for their troubled defense or offensive line.
Instead, McDaniels opted for a project who may never see the field in Tebow.
The Broncos' AFC West rivals; Kansas City Chiefs (No. 5 pick Eric Berry), Oakland Raiders (No. 8 pick Rolando McClain), and San Diego Chargers (No. 12 pick Ryan Mathews) all used their picks to find starters to help them compete to win this wide-open division in 2010.
With two picks in the top 25, it seemed like the Broncos were poised to get a leg up on their rivals by acquiring two starters in the first round.
Unfortunately for Broncos fans, McDaniels blew that opportunity by drafting Tebow.
The Chiefs, Raiders, and Chargers fans send you their thanks.
The Chiefs may even send McDaniels a Christmas card and a fruit cake if Texas OLB Sergio Kindle falls to them and the fourth pick of the second round on Friday.
Kindle is a player that could've helped the Broncos' defense in 2010, and the Chiefs' Scott Pioli will certainly want to thank McDaniels for passing on him in favor of Tebow should Kindle fall to them.
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