Friday, April 23, 2010
Tim Tebow Taps the Rockies
The 2010 NFL draft commenced last night at Radio City Music Hall in New York, celebrating its 75th edition in prime time.
The Chicago Bears are without a 1st and 2nd round pick this year, which means that Bears fans will have to wait until tonight to see what undersized, soft spoken, practice field phenomenon their team picks from Abilene Christian or Vanderbilt.
The Rams selected 2008 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford from the University of Oklahoma with the 1st pick in this year's draft. Bradford stands to receive upwards of $50 million guaranteed, which will undoubtedly go a long way towards Bradford keeping Dr. James Andrews on permanent retainer. Take a long vacation while you can still walk Sam.
The surprise of Thursday night was Josh McDaniels and his Denver Broncos moving down in the draft 3 times before moving back up to pick 25, where they selected Tim Tebow, the 2 time National Championship winning quarterback and 2007 Hesiman Trophy award winner from Florida. This has to be the first time in the history of the NFL draft where leadership has trumped talent. First of all, I love how the Broncos kept regifting the pick that they got from the Bears like it was the extra breadmaker that Will ferrell got as wedding gift in Old School. No one on the Broncos roster was more surprised by the pick than former Bears quarterback Kyle Orton.
After sitting behind Rex Grossman for 3 years, Orton has the distinct pleasure of sitting behind another Florida quarterback with questionable NFL talent that, if you only watched ESPN or lived in the ass crack of Florida that is Gainesville, you'd swear walked on water and raised the dead in his spare time when he's not practicing his throwing motion 17 hours a day. All of Tebow's inspirational speeches won't keep Orton and Quinn's hands warm while they hold the clipboards this fall. Comparing Tim Tebow to Rex Grossman does a tremendous disservice to Tebow (until he fumbles his first snap then all bets are off). He's a proven winner, a tremendous leader, and adept beyond his years at handling coaches, teammates, and the media. All of those intangibles are great but the NFL is a man's league where talent trumps the rainbows and unicorns that eminate from Tebow's stellar life story.
I look for Tebow to make an immediate impact in Denver's "Wild Horses" formation, their version of the now widely used "Wildcat" or spread option formation. It's the same system that he ran to perfection under the tutelage of Urban Meyer (Interesting enough, the Broncos selected Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver from Georgia Tech, who averaged over 20 yards per reception playing in a triple option attack). It will be interesting to see how the Southeastern Conference's all time leading rusher performs when, instead of running over opponents from Ole Miss and Tennessee, Tebow is staring down the gun barrel at Pro Bowlers like Patrick Willis and Brian Cushing. Let the made for television saga that is the pro career of Tim Tebow officially begin in the cold, thin air of the Rockies.