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Highlights From The Tim Tebow Bowl | The Sports Report Girl

Highlights From The Tim Tebow Bowl (formerly known as the Senior Bowl)

Tim Tebow’s stat line for the Tim Tebow Bowl wasn’t exactly superlative; he was 8-12 for 50 yards with two fumbles and no interceptions. But even though Tebow didn’t play great, there were a number of things we definitely learned about his possibilities at the next level.

The positives:
His drop was very good. He was noticeably better than Tony Pike of Cincinnati and Dan LeFevour from Central Michigan.

He made the NFL throws. The throws to the sideline, the comeback routes and the timing routes were all thrown where they needed to be and when they needed to be. He showed he can make the throws if given time.

The North defensive line absolutely embarrassed the South offensive line. Tebow got hit a few times and didn’t have much time to throw the ball. He didn’t make too many negative plays (even though he did fumble twice) and it showed he could be an every-down QB. Anyone just looking at the stat line would probably think that his 8-12 for 50 yards with two fumbles was bad, but in reality he played about as well as one could expect after learning an offense that week.

The negatives:
He looked slooooooooow when he tried to run. Tebow broke loose and tried to run the ball a couple times and both times was brought down quickly. Nobody was ever trying to champion Tebow as a speed demon, but running the ball is part of his appeal at the next level and he didn’t look capable of running it against NFL speed in the Senior Bowl.

His release is slooooooooooow. Tebow’s first fumble put this weakness on display. He can fire the ball into tight windows very well, but NFL defensive lines are going to be able to get to him easily if he doesn’t speed his delivery up.

He didn’t have a Tebow moment. There was no Gator chomping, no big play, no steamrolling of a defender. Nothing. Without a signature Tebow moment, all the SportsCenter nation will have to look at from the Senior Bowl performance are his under throws and fumbles.

All in all, I would give Tebow a B-minus for the Senior Bowl. He showed that he could do all the things that you have to do in the NFL, but he didn’t do them especially well. If he can translate his skills in the spread to an NFL-style offense like the ones he learned this week, he could be a good quarterback – maybe. I still maintain there is no way he drops out of the second round and if he goes there I think he’ll go early.

Other notes from the Tim Tebow Bowl:
Corey Chavous was far and away the most thuggish sideline reporter I’ve ever seen. His performance was gangsta.

USC running back Stafon Johnson, who had to have surgery on his larynx after dropping a weight on himself, didn’t quite look natural running the football. In his defense, it was his first football game since September.

Tony Pike looked horrendous. The North offense basically operated in spite of him as opposed to because of him. If I were an NFL scout I would remove him from my draft board completely.

I didn’t see a single Lions coach – the coaching staff for the North – wearing any Lions gear. Conversely, the Dolphins coaches were decked out in Dolphins gear from head to toe.

I think Zack Robinson could be this year’s Tom Brady. He’s mobile, has a nice arm and makes plays. He’ll probably go late, but I think he could be a great quarterback in a few years.

Brandon Graham made himself a guaranteed first round pick, maybe even a top 20 pick with his performance. Anyone trying to figure out how to make an extra $10 million should watch his performance.

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