Merril Hoge Ranks Broncos' Tim Tebow Below Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, and Other

Rob GregoryCorrespondent IIApril 11, 2011

DENVER - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rolls out and looks to deliver a pass against the Houston Texas at INVESCO Field at Mile High on December 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Texans 24-23.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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I really did mean to leave the Tebow issue alone.

I had made peace with the idea that the Broncos should not consider drafting a quarterback with one of their top picks. Tim Tebow is the best option for the Broncos going into the 2011 season, though it would make sense to draft a quarterback much later in the draft if the plan is to trade Orton and release Quinn. Then I listened to what NFL analyst and former player Merril Hoge had to say about Tebow.

Merril was a guest today on my favorite radio show, “The Drive” on 104.3 the Fan a Denver sports radio show (which features two former Broncos, Alfred Williams and Mark Schlereth). Merril had some important things to say about Tebow. When asked whether Tebow would be taken ahead of Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Ryan Mallet, Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton, and yes, I believe he even included Ricky Stanzi in the discussion, the very articulate analyst replied, “No”. No, Tebow would not be ranked higher than any of those quarterbacks, nor should a team choose Tebow over them. No, Tebow does not have the accuracy to be a great NFL quarterback. And he also noted that in the four games that Tebow played and started last year, the quarterback did not seem to show any progress, from one game to the next. Merril also stressed that the Broncos offense was very “vanilla” to help accommodate Tebow. The thing that I most took away from the interview and discussion is that Tebow simply does not have the accuracy.

Aristotle once said, "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." (Yes, apparently I am into quoting Aristotle at this point.) I think Merril Hoge is a very intelligent analyst and, to his credit, he also was very critical of each of the quarterbacks coming out of this year’s draft, including Cam Newton. But what does that say about Tebow, for Merril to have him ranked so low? Having said that, I am starting to see both sides of the debate over Tebow a little more clearly now. Where do you stand? Was Merril Hoge correct with his analysis of Tebow? Where would you rank Tebow among the current quarterback class?

(My guess is that today’s interview of Merril Hoge will be available on 104.3 the Fan’s website very soon, so be sure to check it out if you get the chance.)