Tim Tebow a First-Rounder to Denver Broncos; Mel Kiper Remains Irrelevant

Jason DanielCorrespondent IApril 23, 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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With the No. 25 pick in the first round, the Denver Broncos selected the highly criticized Tim Tebow despite having Kyle Orton, Tom Brandstater, and newly acquired Brady Quinn.

It seems all too trendy to bash Tebow these days, and why not? All the kid has done with his unorthodox mechanics is be the first college player to ever rush and pass for 20 touchdowns each in a single season...which earned him a Heisman trophy...in his sophomore year (also a first).

National championship? Check. Leader on AND off the field? Check. This kid is arguably the best college football player ever . Ever .

All personal statistics and accomplishments aside, this guy is a winner. He went 34-6 at Florida as a starter, a winning percentage of 85%.

Secondly, after McDaniels has continued clearing house, Tebow remains a safe pick in a world full of potential character problems. He fits in perfectly with what McDaniels is out to accomplish; a team full of winners without whiners.

One headline we can bet we will never see involves the words Tebow, Rape, Drunk, Assault, or Murder (Unless they're all used at once describing Tebow and his dominance over the Raiders).

Now let's get back to the most useless man of the decade not named George W. Bush. Mel Kiper Jr.

For years this man has made a living with his mock drafts, draft analysis, and meaningless commentary filler on every ESPN channel I come across.

One thing that people don't realize about this clown is that he is a nobody in the world of football. Seriously. Google him, I'll wait.


With almost no playing experience, it seems he managed to get where he is today by simply being the first one to actually start analyzing drafts and players. This evidence, compiled with the fact that after so much as one early trade, his mock drafts and rankings are completely irrelevant.

I hate to say it, but the last pick in the NFL draft isn't Mr. Irrelevant, Mel Kiper Jr. is (Wait, it felt great saying that). Look at his prior mock drafts, and compare them to actual drafts...clearly teams don't care about what he thinks, but he is probably bringing in a six-figure salary.

If I was looking for advice on who to draft, I'd probably start with current/former NFL head coaches. Tony Dungy has said (on the record) that Tebow is a top ten draft pick, for any team.

Gruden has also stood up for Tebow and his game-changing abilities, stating that he is the type of guy you change your offense for, not the other way around.

If you haven't figured it out yet, I am a Broncos fan. As of pick No. 24, I couldn't care less about Tim Tebow. Now I have to admit, I am actually pretty excited.

After seeing what Josh McDaniels has done with Tom Brady in turning him into a Hall-of-Famer, and Matt Cassell, a career backup, how could you not get amped to see what he's going to do with the most athletic quarterback in college history?

Watching Orton attempt to move around in the pocket was about as much fun as watching Mike Tyson navigate his way through a spelling bee.

Having a player as versatile as Tebow should equate to a playmaker similar to that of a Ben Roethlisberger, but without all the court dates.   

I am hard pressed to find any real reasons why Tebow will not be able to find success in the NFL. He spent the last few years dominating the stars chosen around him in not only this draft, but the last two.

I remember the good old days, when Philip Rivers was criticized for his throwing motion. Or Michael Vick, for his "run-first" approach to the quarterback position. Or Adrian Peterson, for not avoiding contact.

Or...yeah I know, I'll stop there. You get the point. Unorthodox simply means different, and different isn't a synonym for bad.

Will Tim Tebow make a huge impact in year one? Probably not. Will he even see the field in his first year? Absolutely. Denver ran the "Wild Horses" offensive package with the most immobile quarterback in the league, you know McDaniels has an entire set with Tebow's name on it.

As far as being a draft bus, I will leave you with a little Jeopardy: I'll take "The Last 10 Years" for $500, Alex.

Vontae Davis, Mike Jenkins, Jon Beason, Santonio Holmes, Jason Campbell, Ahmad Carroll, William Joseph, Charles Grant, Freddie Mitchell, Chris Hovan.

Who are the No. 25 overall picks in the draft, from 2000-2009?

Correct. Interesting. I'll take Tim Tebow.