Denver Broncos Select Orlando Franklin: John Elway Is Tim Tebow's Biggest Fan

Rob GregoryCorrespondent IIApril 29, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 20:  NFL player Tim Tebow speaks onstage at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards at The Fox Theatre on April 20, 2011 in Atlanta City. The show airs on GMC on Sunday April 24th 2011.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for GMA)
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The Broncos selected Rahim Moore, the safety out of UCLA, with the 45th pick, and with the very next pick they selected offensive lineman Orlando Franklin.

We know the Broncos needed a safety, and Moore was considered the top player at that position.

But what should we take from the Franklin selection?

Here’s my guess: John Elway and the Denver Broncos love Tim Tebow and they want to do everything in their power to have him succeed in the NFL as a Broncos quarterback.

Ryan Mallett and his huge arm were available for the Broncos at pick 45 and 46. They could have selected him plus Orlando Franklin. Franklin could have been blocking for Mallett next year. But thankfully that is not the case.

More than just a vindication of Tim Tebow, this move also serves as a notice to Broncos tackle Ryan Harris: Ryan is officially on his way out of Denver, we can safely assume.

With Ryan Clady at one tackle, the massive Franklin (he’s a mere 6'4", 325 lbs and has a 36” reach) could play right tackle, an essential position for a left-handed quarterback. Tim Tebow meet Orlando, Orlando meet Tim Tebow.

Orlando may be the guy guarding the blindside for many years to come. At the University of Miami Franklin played both left guard and left tackle, though it’s more likely that he will be a right tackle for the Broncos. Still, I’m sure that John Fox loves his versatility.

Denver also loves his nastiness and ability to throw defenders around. By all accounts Franklin is no finesse guy; he’s a beat you to a pulp guy. And Denver fans can appreciate that. This team has been on the losing end of fights for far too long.

With a defense that has already added key starters at two key positions, plus a tackle with a mean streak, the Broncos are really starting to create a team identity.

It involves freakish athleticism, playmaking and now, with the addition of Franklin, brute force.

And oh yeah, and it involves Tim Tebow.

I guess it’s true that John Elway is Tim Tebow’s biggest fan. He just sent Shannon Sharpe out there to start proving it.