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2010 NFL Draft: Will Tim Tebow Improve His Draft Stock at the NFL Combine?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IFebruary 22, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators reacts after a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is one of the most decorated and physically talented college football players to ever play the game and enter the NFL, yet, he is also one of the most criticized players as well. 

However, he has a chance to prove many of his critics wrong in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The NFL Combine is the place were a college player can perform in front of many NFL scouts, coaches, and general managers and potentially increase his personal draft stock.

Tebow will look to impress, since many of the other top quarterbacks that are coming into the NFL are not throwing in Indy.

Quarterbacks including Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, and Dan LeFevour are not throwing, it may be in Tebow's best interest to throw at the combine since all eyes will be on him. 

On the flip side, he may want to throw in Florida in a comfortable environment to his own wide receivers.

(UPDATE: 2-22-10 9:49 PM: Tebow will not be throwing at the NFL Combine, and he will opt to throw at his Pro Day instead. Also, Tebow has been working on his throwing mechanics and he will unveil the "new Tebow arm" at Florida's Pro Day.)

Whether Tebow throws or not in Indy is the big question.  If he does not, there are plenty of other events where he can let his ridiculous abilities speak for themselves.

Some of the combine events include: the 40-yard dash, the bench press at 225-pounds, vertical jump, physical measurements, and the Wonderlic Test.

Tebow is big and looks more like a linebacker than a quarterback at 6'3" and 240 pounds.

He has been clocked in the 40-yard dash around the 4.65 (give or take per online research) time and his vertical leap is around 32.5 inches.

While his physical stature is very impressive, he has the smarts to go with the body.

An academic All-American with a 3.7 grade point average, Tebow is a student of the game of football.  His film study habits have him examining his opponents for many hours in preparation before each game.

Even though his throwing ability is the biggest concern going into the combine, Tebow may be best to improve his stock by throwing since so many others are not.

Tebow used to be projected as a first-round pick, but now there are many mocks that have him as low as the fourth round.

Indianapolis will certainly help Tebow rebound and improve his status come draft day. But until he starts throwing the ball, he may not get higher than the second round.

One thing that Tebow has that critics cannot hold against him is his passion to succeed at what he does and his competitive nature, which will take him very far in the NFL.

Tebow is a rare breed of player, and even if he cannot improve his stock, then look for him to be more motivated to succeed in the NFL to prove everyone who bet against him wrong.

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