Denver Broncos Strike Gold with First-Round Selection of Tim Tebow

Allen AndersenCorrespondent IMay 2, 2010

ENGLEWOOD, CO - APRIL 23:  Tim Tebow is introduced by the Denver Broncos at a press conference at the Broncos Headquarters in Dove Valley on April 23, 2010 in Englewood, Colorado. The Broncos picked Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow Was a Great Pick.

                That’s right, I said it. The Denver Broncos did a great job selecting Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. Pat Bowlen, Josh McDaniels, and the rest of the Broncos front office staff have been, and will continue to be highly criticized for taking the 2007 Heisman Award winner. Until he proves them wrong, that is.  

                Tebow has already made great strides in improving his mechanics and elongated release. You only need to watch film for a few seconds to notice his biggest stride forward. In his college days, when he would drop back, Tebow would hold the ball by his hip while scanning the defense. Now, he holds the ball up at shoulder level. This enables Tebow to considerably speed up his release. He used to have to bring the ball up to shoulder level and then begin his throwing motion. Cutting that step out, makes his motion seconds faster.

                Also, Tebow has spent a great deal of time working on his mechanics with former NFL coach Jon Gruden. Gruden led former NFL quarterback Brad Johnson to arguably two of his best years and a Superbowl Championship. Any coach who can get Brad Johnson to throw for 48 touchdowns and 6,860 yards in two years obviously can handle a quarterback.

                Now, Tebow gets the opportunity to work with Josh McDaniels in Denver. McDaniels was a quarterbacks coach, and eventually the offensive coordinator on the Patriots' staff that turned Tom Brady into a future Hall of Famer. In 2007, McDaniels' second year as the official offensive coordinator, the Patriots set NFL records for touchdowns in a season (75) and points in a season (589). In 2008, after Tom Brady’s knee injury, McDaniels led the Patriots to an 11-win season with Matt Cassel at the helm. Cassel threw for 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and 3,693 yards that year. What has Cassel done since? He’s thrown 16 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and only has 2,924 yards.

                Even this past season, McDaniels worked his quarterback magic. With Kyle Orton under center, the Denver Broncos won their first six games of the season. Orton, who threw for a total of 30 touchdowns in his four previous years in the league, threw 21 touchdowns and only 12 picks during his only season under McDaniels. Orton’s passer rating went up almost 8 points and his completion percentage went up a staggering 15.7% If McDaniels can work this same magic with Tebow the results will be stunning.

                Not to be overlooked is Tebow’s work ethic. Tebow is regarded as one of the hardest working football players ever. In college, Tebow was actually disciplined for lifting with his offensive lineman. Tebow is always the first one at the practice facility and the last to leave. Shortly after landing in Denver, Tebow’s first question to the Broncos coaching staff was where he could get a workout in.

                Tebow seems to be in the ideal situation in Denver. With incumbent quarterback Kyle Orton and newly added former first rounder Brady Quinn on the roster, there is no rush for Tebow to start. Also, with McDaniels only one season into his coaching tenure, there’s no rush on the coach to start his first round draft pick until he is fully developed. The talent around him in Denver is a huge bonus. The offensive line is anchored by one of the best young tackles in the league, Ryan Clady. The receiving corps, made up of Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley, and two 2010 draft picks, Demayrius Thomas and Eric Decker, could turn out to be one of the most feared in the league. Finally, Denver has a dynamic runner in the backfield in Knowshon Moreno. And of course, the quarterback’s best friend, Denver’s defense was among the best in the league last season.

             If Tim Tebow can even come close to replicating the success that led to his winning two BCS championships in college while he’s in the NFL, the Denver Broncos' first round pick will prove they made the right decision. Combining his devotion and almost inhuman work ethic with his raw physical talent and the great situation he finds himself in Denver, Tebow is poised to be a star in this league.