Tim Tebow: Can the Mile High Messiah Lead Denver To the Promised Land

c dockensCorrespondent IJuly 30, 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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The Broncos have inked the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former Gator superstar, Tim Tebow, to a five year deal reportedly worth $11.25 million, with bonuses and incentives adding upwards of a possible $33 million.

Tebow's work ethic and playmaking ability are surpassed only by his faith, earning him the moniker "The Mile High Messiah." That may seem like a lot of pressure to put on the shoulders somebody fresh out of college, but the player once known as 'Superman' built a reputation of carrying the hopes of a team on his shoulders.

It is has been said that the decision to draft Tebow will define Josh McDaniels' tenure in Denver. McDaniels' has said that Tebow will play when he is ready.

The big question here is when will he be ready.

Experts have torn down and diagrammed Tim's delivery style, debating his throwing motions and footwork, leading the young man to try and work out the flaws in his delivery. For anyone who watched the unveiling of Tim's new throwing motion, you had to admire the dedication and determination it took him to redesign something that has been instinctive for him for almost as long as he can remember.

In the end it all boils down to how soon will the phenom be able to take the field for the Broncos and what type of effect he will have once he does.

While many experts and fans alike are critical of Tim's ability to come in and have a significant impact this season. Experts and coaches will tell you that for a rookie quarterback, with the mechanical flaws of Tebow, will be at least two years from seeing consistent action. Tebow's track record, and the Denver depth chart, say different.

As a true freshman, Tebow would take the field at QB for the Gators in specially designed packages and plays that allowed him to showcase his talents, en route to helping the Gators when the 2006 BCS title. In 2007, Tebow became the first underclassman to win the Heisman trophy. His track record indicates he has little problems breaking barriers, and shattering the status quo along with records.

However, the most promising sign that Tebow may soon see considerable playing time is the Broncos' depth chart. Despite having a career season last year, Broncos' current QB Kyle Orton has shown himself to be inconsistent at best. He earned the starting role in Chicago in 2005 and then lost it, not starting again until 2008 when he had a painfully mediocre season finishing 19th in yards, 13th in touchdowns and 25th in QB rating.

Behind Orton is former Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn, whom needless to say, underwhelmed fans everywhere with his play in Cleavland.

Unless lightning strikes twice and Orton remembers how to play QB at the professional level, look for Tebow to creep up the depth chart and maybe start by the seasons end and truly start the resurrection of the Broncos legacy.