2010 NFL Draft: Why Tim Tebow May Not Be a Fit for the Cleveland Browns

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMarch 15, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Quarterback Tim Tebow of Florida runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Due to the craziness of this past week, many fans have begun to accept the fact that Mike Holmgren has already found his future franchise quarterback in this draft crop, and he will be picking one of them in the first three rounds.

Also, many Browns fans not only here in the Bleacher Report community, but out in the internet have all slowly began accepting that Florida's Tim Tebow could be the answer as a developmental project.

Tebow would probably be picked in either the second or third round based on how the mock drafts are projecting him, and he would have a year or two of tutelage under new Browns starting quarterback, Jake Delhomme.

Without a doubt, Delhomme is the starter for the Browns in 2010 just based on the $7 million salary that Browns will pay him in the first year of his two-year contract.

This means that whoever the quarterback is that Holmgren chooses to lead his team in the future will be holding a clipboard for at least one full season.

Tebow's passion, heart and drive will never be questioned when it comes to wanting to succeed at the NFL level, but his mechanics are in question unless injuries come into play.

That's why many Browns fans have started to accept that Tebow could be the Browns' pick in April since he'll also have a full year to master his throwing mechanics from the sideline and in practices.

Even Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert have talked to the media about how impressed they are with Tebow, and they each said this at two separate times when the other guy wasn't present.

So either it's a smokescreen, or both men really like Tebow.

One big thing that stands in the Browns' way when it come to possibly picking Tebow as their future is one name, and that is left tackle Joe Thomas.

Thomas is a three-time Pro Bowler in his first three years in the league, and he protects a right-handed quarterback's blindside.

But Tebow is a lefty and his blindside would be on the right tackle's side, not the left tackle's side.

So what does this mean?

Either Thomas switches over to the right, which is highly unlikely, or the Browns draft another right tackle high in the draft who can protect Tebow's blindside.

Neither of these options seem to be a reality at the moment, especially since the Browns just signed right tackle Tony Pashos to a three-year contract.

Pashos might be able to protect a left-handed quarterback's blindside, but that bridge has yet to be crossed.

Unless something completely out of the blue happens, the Browns are most likely looking for a right-handed quarterback since they have their anchor on the line in Thomas at left tackle.

Let's be honest though, when it comes to the draft, nothing can be predicted and anything is possible, including Tebow still getting selecting by Holmgren and the Browns.

In closing, at Holmgren's press conference at the Brown's headquarters to discuss the Brady Quinn and Kamerion Wimbley trades on March 15, he did mention how much he likes Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, and the Browns have enough picks in the draft (12) to make a power move to get Bradford if they really want him, too.

And by the way, Bradford is a righty.


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