Kurt Warner retired last winter, vacating his position as the reigning Captain of the God Squad in the NFL. But fear not, for the Denver Broncos selected Tim Tebow with the 25th pick over all, thereby filling the post. The Legend of Tebow is great, but so too is the Legend of Elway. Those are some big shoes to fill, and no one has been able to fill them since Elway retired.
Can Tim Tebow be the guy? Only time will tell. But if the kid cn practically walk on water, why wouldnt he be able to win games in the NFL?
This was the voicemail left on my machine by my good friend, and devout Broncos fan, Justin.
While I understand my boy’s concern, I have to say that I legitimately think the Tebow pick was a good one for Josh McDaniels and it has nothing to do with whether or not the former Gator will be a good NFL quarterback (I know that sounds strange, but hear me out).
This offseason, McDaniels made what could turn out to be the two best moves in the history of any NFL team, ever. If they work out he will be legendary. He got Brady Quinn – a former first-round pick who could (COULD!) be a great quarterback; he’s never really gotten a chance and in Denver he’ll have a solid O-line, a good defense and a great running game – in exchange for Peyton Hillis, a running back who was never going to play, ever, and two sixth round draft picks.
He followed that up by picking Demaryus Thomas with the Broncos number one draft pick and trading up to draft Tim Tebow with the 25th pick. This pick was amazing for a bunch of reasons, but mostly because he didn’t really give up much to get it.
I’ve heard Broncos fans screaming and crying because Denver relinquished a second, third and fourth rounder to get the pick, but really it was just a second. The third and fourth round choices were picks that the Broncos got from trading down out of the number 11 spot and again from the number 13 position. He was playing with house money.
The move is also amazing because McDaniels simultaneously took all the pressure off Brady Quinn, Kyle Orton and Demaryus Thomas (which was especially good in Thomas’s case because, let’s be honest, the chances of two great receivers coming out of Georgia Tech in five years of running the triple option were slim to none, and as Lee Corso says, ol’ Slim just left the building). There’s also no pressure on Tim Tebow because no one is expecting him to start right away.
All the “experts” are saying that McDaniels’ future is now hinged on Tebow, but nothing could be further from the truth. Tebow will have at least three years to become THE quarterback in Denver. During that time he’ll come in for short yardage and goal line situations, make a few appearances on SportsCenter and probably take a leadership role in Focus on the Family.
Remember, Tony Romo sat for three years, Phillip Rivers sat for three years, Aaron Rogers sat for three years, and all three of them turned out OK. Unlike all those scrubs, though, Tebow will contribute right away in some capacity outside of mop up duty in blowouts. Let’s also not forget that he’s the third biggest name in all of football (behind Manning and Brady), which means more prime time and national games, more jersey sales and increased national relevance – never bad for a team with the 18th ranked media market.
The word on Tebow, going into the draft, was that he was big risk/big reward. McDaniels mitigated the risk better than any coach in this draft could have. Plus, I’m about 75 percent convinced McDaniels pulled the trigger on trading Marshall so he could give Tebow number 15. Now, we’ll see if Tebow delivers the big reward.
Weatherspoon also reminds me of Patrick Willis in his Ole Miss days. Is it possible for a linebacker that calls to mind images of Ray Lewis and Patrick Willis to be bad?
I’ve been impressed by this kid since the 2008 Emerald Bowl, and you know he must have been amazing to impress me at the Emerald Bowl. I see a lot of Clinton Portis in him. I love CJ Spiller, but I think Best could be the best back to come out of this draft. It amazes me he’s not rated higher.
Great hands, great speed, great strength. Hernandez is a playmaker with big play potential. Whoever gets him is going to be one lucky team.
Toby “White Power” Gerhartt
I could see “White Power” being the next Jerome Bettis. He could be the best white, non-quarterback, non-lineman in the NFL since Jason Seyhorn. I mean that. I really, really mean that.
Great size and great speed. He never quite realized his potential at LSU, but I think the kid could play a big role for a lot of teams in the league. He’s like LenDale White minus the gut. OK, maybe not, but I still like him.
How Arrelius Benn is rated above him is one of those all-time mysteries that only Mel Kiper understands. He’s got great hands, has T.O.-like size and I haven’t seen too many receivers better when the ball is in the air. If he doesn’t get taken by the third round, some people should be fired.
With all the commotion about Joe Haden, nobody has been talking about Major Wright. Like Haden, he’s a little undersized, but Wright has big hit, big play potential. He’s got great ball hawking skills and can lay the wood better than any little guy out there.
He may, honestly, not be big enough to make it in the League. If he can manage to make his size work for him, which he hasn’t had to do in college, he could be a great receiver. I could see him playing an Az Hakim/Steve Breston playmaker role for a high-powered offense.
I know he’s rated in the top three by most draft “experts,” but having watched him multiple times this year, I don’t know how no one is talking about him being the number one or two pick. He’s so f*cking good. He changes games. His mere presence is enough to make offensive coordinators rethink their entire scheme. He’s like Deion Sanders, in that he can literally take away an entire side of the field. I hate Tennessee and I can’t stop gushing about how good he is.
I’m sorry. Call me a homer all you want, but let me just make this point. When Tebow was being recruited out of high school, no one thought he would ever be more than a gimmick, system quarterback. His freshman year, he was the difference maker that won the Gators the title. After his freshman year, everyone said all he could do was run over people and that he would never work as a starting quarterback. His sophomore year, he had the single greatest season in the history of college football. After the Ole Miss game, his junior season, everyone said he and the Gators were overrated and their season was done. He made “The Promise” at the post-game press conference and won another national championship. Now, everyone is saying he can’t be a starting quarterback in the NFL. I think you know where this is headed. What reason has Tim Tebow ever given us to doubt him? Everyone seems to forget that Tebow has been doubted by all the people who knew everything his whole career. He has constantly and consistently shown that he can do everything that everyone says he can’t. I see no reason he won’t redefine the quarterback position in the NFL. I mean that.
He is awful. Absolutely awful. He is the reason no NFL coach respects the spread offense. He can’t read defenses, can’t throw deep, his accuracy is a joke and he couldn’t hit a receiver in stride if his life depended on it. He will not make a practice squad two years from now.
Gerald McCoy is a great defensive tackle and is a solid player in the middle. I like him as an anchor for a 3-4 defense. He’s worthy of a mid-first-round draft pick and I think he will be a solid pro, but top three – top five – he most certainly is not. He’s not a game changer. He’s not a guy that drops your jaw in awe. He’s not a player that will ever, ever, ever remake or redefine a franchise. This young man is not Warren Sapp and anyone who will not have an impact on that scale should not even be considered as a number one overall draft pick – or number two, three, four, five or any other number in single digits.
I have a bad habit of overrating Gators. Jarvis Moss, Keiwan Ratliff, Reggie Nelson, Rex Grossman, Kenyatta Walker, Dallas Baker…the list goes on. I hope I go the other way with this one. I’ve watched the kid for three years and while I think he’s a very solid player, I just don’t see what all the scouts are drooling over. He’s short, he’s got decent speed, he’s got OK hands and he only gets beat deep some of the time. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t think that makes you the best corner in the draft, especially in a draft as loaded with defensive talent as this one.
This rating blows my mind. He was the fifth best player on an OK defense that gave up 37 points in the national championship game. Blows. My. Mind.
I loved this kid until the Fiesta Bowl. Then he got destroyed by a tackle I’ve never heard of and didn’t even have a QB pressure in the game. When you get erased in the biggest game of your life, you don’t deserve to be a first-round pick.
No one from Florida State’s 2009-2010 defense deserves to be selected in the first found of a football draft. No one.
I’m not saying he won’t rush for 1,000 yards next season. I’m not even saying he won’t be in the conversation for Rookie of the Year if the right team picks him. But I guarantee you, in 2014 if someone asks you who Ryan Mathews is, you will have no idea what to say.
He plays for Illinois. He chose to committ to Illinois and then stayed there to play with Juice Williams for three years. If that doesn’t bring into question his decision making, I don’t know what does.
Let’s just take a look at the Charlie Weis era. In five years, Weis has had two quarterbacks selected in the first round. In that same time, he’s been to three bowl games, won one of them and had a collective record of 35-27, playing annually against stiff competition like Syracuse, Duke Stanford and UCLA. I say that to say this: If the quarterback that actually won games for Charlie Weis couldn’t play in the NFL, why on earth would you think the quarterback that couldn’t win would be able to? Exactly.
Putting him on this list once wasn’t enough. Did you watch him in the Senior Bowl? He couldn’t perform a five-step drop. It’s a five-step drop! A five-step drop! This is millions of dollars we’re talking about! And it’s a five-step drop!
I really don’t care what you have to say about anyone else in this year’s draft, this guy is absolutely the best player available. He is unquestionably the best player in this draft. He’s the most athletic, has the most potential to be great and he can literally change a defense. He could play either the nose or the end in a 3-4 defense and could play nose, DT or end in a 4-3. Most impressively, he would be an impact player at all of those positions. Players like him don’t come around often. Anyone that does not draft him will regret it for years to come. And for anyone who has Gerald McCoy rated above him, slap yourself. Seriously. Slap yourself.
As much as I love the combine, I judge a player based on what he does on the field, not how well he does in the gym. This kid owned games this year. He single-handedly made the Florida and Alabama games – games. No player for any team has had a presence like he had against those two teams. He’s got the speed and the strength to translate to the next level too.
Not only is he the smartest man alive, but he’s still got everything going for him that he had going last year when he would have been the first overall pick. He’s still twice as good as Matt Stafford and he’s still twice as good as Jimmy Clausen. Remember I said that. By the way, it was a shoulder injury. Have you ever heard about a career-ending shoulder injury? No, no you haven’t.
If he goes where he’s projected to go (late first round-early second) it will be one of those all-time selections. He’s undersized, but he’s an amazing athlete and his football IQ is off the charts. He’s intense and he’s smart and that’s exactly what you need from a linebacker.
Unlike Sam Bradford, I think Gresham will get screwed over by his injury. He may even drop into the second round. I think he’ll use it as motivation the way Randy Moss did. I expect big things.
I watched him in the Senior Bowl. He was epic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: great players turn it on when it matters. He played for a crappy team and never really got the national media attention he deserved. When the spotlight was on, he brought it and he brought it better than anyone else. I watched his 40 at the combine and I heard his pro day was fantastic. He’s hungry and as long as he stays hungry, he will be great.
He reminds me a lot of Ray Lewis. I mean, a lot of Ray Lewis. He reminds me so much of Ray Lewis that I think he could kill someone and only be convicted of obstruction of justice…I mean…I’m so glad no one will ever quote this article in public or show it to Ray Lewis.
Of course this prediction is based on the idea that being screwed by the NC-Double-Assholes made him angry as opposed to lazy.
Only player other than Suh and Berry that completely changes a team’s gameplan. I don’t know how draft “experts” have managed to overlook him, but he can be an impact player at the next level. He’s obscenely athletic for his size. Obscenely.
I know, I know. I couldn’t help myself. I love him. Please God, do not let the Oakland Raiders pick him. Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please.
Note: I do not rate offensive lineman. Anyone who has not played or coached offensive lineman should not do so either.
Look at yourselves. You all screamed and hissed when young Samuel Jacob Bradford made the decision to return to the University of Oklahoma for his junior year in college.
“He’s flushing money down the toilet,” you said.
“He just cost himself millions,” you said.
Now look at you. There are three reasons staying in school turned out to be the best thing that could ever have happened to Sam Bradford.
First there’s the money.
In addition to the fact that rookie number one picks have made more money each successive season, the NFL is going into an uncapped year this season. This means that teams can sign as many free agents as they want and pay whatever they like without worrying about going over the cap. This also means teams can offer stupefying amounts of money as signing bonuses and front load, instead of back load, contracts. Sam Bradford’s agent knows this.
Sam Bradford’s agent – Tom Condon, in case you were wondering – also knows that the St. Louis Rams have already released their one-time franchise quarterback Marc Bulger. My guess, is that the Rams already had a deal in place with Bradford, but have yet to lay down the ink.
Second, let’s look at the situation he now finds himself in. Let’s not even talk about the debacle that is the Detroit Lions organization. Yes, they’ve fired Matt Millen, but given the front office’s pedigree for finding, hiring and then sticking with morons, there’s a good chance they hired another idiot who will do his damndest to continue running the franchise into the ground. There’s also the debacle that is the city of Detroit right now. The city has the highest unemployment rate in the country and in December it reached a surreal 50 percent. They also can’t seem to find a mayor who isn’t taken out of office and directly to jail.
At least the Jacksonville Jaguars can dream about moving to LA in two or three years. I can’t imagine a worse job than franchise quarterback for the Detroit Lions. In three years when Matt Stafford is still stinking up the joint and Detroit is picking in the top five for the fifth consecutive season, he’ll ponder this every night before he goes to bed. “Garbage man,” “angel of death,” “rock counter,” “repo man”…
The icing on the cake for Bradford is that he got to spend another year in Norman. There is nothing on earth like being the starting, Heisman-winning, soon-to-be-number-one-draft-pick quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners. Sure, he had to wait a year for his millions. But when do you think the last time Sam Bradford paid for anything was? Do you think there’s a single girl in the state who will tell him no? He’s already got everything a man could ask for. And he didn’t even have to play football last season.
Let this be a lesson to the all kids out there: Stay in school.
One of my favorite sporting events of the year is now less than a month away: the NFL Draft. It is a day where jerseys are turned in for thousand-dollar suits, scores are converted into draft grades, and college football players become multi-millionaires without a fraction of professional experience.
Only football in America could bring such attention to an athletic event where there is no ball, field, score, or sweat (unless you are Brady Quinn). What once was considered an afterthought, the draft has been turned into a year round discussion beginning with the start of the college football season. It is considered a holiday by some diehard football fans.
These days scouts work non-stop to establish the best evaluation on every player in the nation. They know everything from their best 40-time to their bench press reps to their passion for the game. Hell, there is so much time, research, and evaluation of potential draftees that scouts could probably tell you the last time someone had a beer. Players see their stock go up and down more than Kirstie Alley’s weight.
But no matter what team you bleed for every NFL Sunday, fans always take notice of who is available to improve their organization’s chance of success for the upcoming season. And the 2010 NFL Draft has a handful of intriguing prospects:
Ndamukong Suh – Widely considered the best available player in this year’s draft class. Constantly drew double and triple teams at Nebraska. Mel Kiper has said Suh may be the best defensive tackle prospect he has seen in 30 years. But is a DT really worth the financial investment of a #1 overall pick?
Sam Bradford – Could have potentially been chosen over Detroit’s Matthew Stafford as last year’s top pick. However, Bradford decided to return for his junior season at Oklahoma, which turned out to be a nightmare. A terrible shoulder injury required season ending surgery only a few games into the season. He still decided to leave school. His stock went straight down, but is now straight up after arriving at the combine with a much bulkier frame. He is currently the odds-on favorite to become the St. Louis Rams QB of the future with the #1 pick.
C.J. Spiller – The most exciting college football player since USC’s Reggie Bush. This guy can fly in the open field. He is a true game breaker, and should be the first running back taken off the board early in the first round.
Tim Tebow – One of the best college football players of all-time. Not the most talented quarterback in the draft by any means, but has the heart and leadership qualities that have NFL GM’s drooling. It will be interesting to see which team will take a risk and grab him earlier than he should go.
In addition to this year’s collection of talent, the drama has increased even more. No longer will it be on a Saturday afternoon. ESPN has now made it a three day and night affair, starting with the first round on a Thursday April 22nd. The second and third rounds continue on Friday evening, with the remainder of the draft concluding Saturday morning.
When the date finally decides to arrive, all evaluations, player rankings, and mock drafts can be thrown out the window. Because as a GM, player, or fan, you never know which direction teams will head. That is what makes the NFL Draft exciting. It is the reason why I tune in to draft day!