Washington Redskins: Tim Tebow or Heck No?

Adam HankinsCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 11:  Quaterback Tim Tebow #7 of the Florida Gators stands onstage before the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway on February 11, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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When it comes to Tim Tebow's potential as an NFL quarterback, most analysts fit into one of two extremes.

One side believes Tebow is a natural-born winner and leader and he will find a way to succeed as a professional quarterback.

The other side believes Tebow does not have the necessary skills and polished mechanics to make it at the next level and he will be an epic failure.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen recently attended a private workout of Tebow. Did they do so out of genuine interest or were they simply "covering all of the bases" prior to the draft?

Both Shanahan and Allen are known for their pre-draft smokescreens, and it would be difficult to say if they are actually considering taking Tebow. Of course, they were in southern Florida anyway to attend the NFL owners meeting, so it wasn't like they went out of their way.

Still, Redskins fans are caught up in the suspense of what Shanahan and Allen have in store for the team's quarterback situation. They have now seen a private workout with Tebow, and have another scheduled with Sam Bradford before the draft.

Tebow seems to be an unlikely fit for the Redskins.

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While some speculate that Tebow might have some success running a wildcat style of offense, it is doubtful that the wildcat will be a significant part of Shanahan's offensive plans. With so many immediate needs, it is very unlikely that Shanahan would be willing to give up a high pick for a "project" like Tebow.

Bradford, on the other hand, seems like the type of quarterback that Shanahan covets. If Bradford's workout with the Redskins goes well, Shanahan might be willing to attempt to trade picks with the Rams in order to get him.  Shanahan once traded up to get Jay Cutler, so his history shows willingness for such maneuvers.

Jimmy Clausen is another option for the Redskins, but there hasn't been a lot of talk about their interest in him. Other than a few mock drafts having the Redskins take Clausen with the fourth pick, there isn't a lot of "buzz" around him being targeted by the team. Also, the Redskins have no private workouts scheduled with him as of yet.

However, in 2006 Shanahan didn't schedule a private workout with Jay Cutler prior to the draft. Unexpectedly, the Broncos traded up from 15th to 11th with the Rams in order to select Cutler.

It might be a sign of things to come in 2010.

Is the silence surrounding Clausen a sign of something else? Could the Redskins be using smokescreens with other quarterbacks, only to hide their focus on Clausen? It wouldn't be the first time a team tried to cover their true intentions in the draft.