The face of college football over the past few seasons is taking the next few steps to stardom. In Indianapolis the NFL Combine has turned into the latest Tim Tebow media event as the former Heisman Trophy winner and Florida Gators hero tries to defy the critics and improve his draft stock for next month.
Guess what. It’s working.
Tebow turned down the opportunity to show off his passing skills at the combine (he will instead save that for a pro day in a more comfortable environment) so where else could Tebow elevate his draft stock than in an interview atmosphere? According to Russ Lande of The Sporting News, Tebow was impressive to many NFL representatives in one-on-one interviews. This was confirmed by an NFL.com blog post by Gil Brandt. The NFL.com staff writer said that Tebow gave some of the best interviews of all time according to NFL representatives he spoke with.
Tebow is already known to be a player that fans flock to see, and having a player like that on an NFL roster is the kind of good character guy that teams love to see. Add in the fact that they demonstrate tremendous leadership abilities on the field and in practices and it is easy to see why Tebow is a bit of a media darling.
Cameras love Tebow and he knows how to handle them. You can love him or be sick of seeing him, but there is no questioning the upside Tebow can bring to the table. But can he play at a professional level?
His non-passing work-outs may have opened some eyes. His 40-yard dash time of 4.7 seconds put a slight pause on thoughts that Tebow would be better fit for a running back (I actually see him playing tight end if anything besides quarterback). He also tied a record for a quarterback in the vertical jump at 38.5 inches (Josh McCown). Depending on how much value teams put in to these results, Tebow’s stock looks to be in pretty decent shape.
But the questions will still remain about his throwing motion. Tebow has been working on his passing technique, which has been widely criticized as a flaw for a professional quarterback by many. He knows it is a flaw and is taking actions to change it before being drafted, even though teams have suggested he hold off until after the draft so a team’s quarterbacks coach can work on him individually. Tebow will have none of it and says “If I need to change it, then I’m going to do it now.”
What is your take on Tebow? Will he one day be an effective quarterback in the NFL or is he destined for another position? Discuss below.
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