NFL Draft Spotlight: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida

by Cory J. Bonini on April 21, 2010 @ 18:00:00 PDT

 


Florida's Tim Tebow, one of the most prolific players in NCAA history, enters the 2010 NFL Draft as a controversial prospect. Some feel he is a quarterback in the NFL, while other camps contend he should be considered an H-back. Regardless of which side you take, Tebow was a dynamic, game-changing winner in college.

Strengths

  • Above-average arm strength
  • Decent deep-ball accuracy
  • Strong, muscular frame - thick-bodied at 6-foot-3, 236 pounds
  • Athleticism and mobility: Few quarterbacks have ground game that Tebow does.
  • Tough: plays through injuries and is gritty with the ball in hand
  • Strong work ethic
  • Poster boy for character
  • Intelligent, proven winner
  • On-field moxie
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida Gators
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Weaknesses

  • Inexperienced in a pro-style offense: probably at least three years away from being fully comfortable in an NFL system
  • Terrible footwork
  • Elongated, slow release: Tebow unveiled a new motion that removes most of the mechanical problems he had, but will his natural motion return in the heat of battle?
  • Doesn't read defenses well
  • Regularly locks on receivers
  • Inconsistent accuracy

Expected draft placement

Tebow's draft stock is all over the place. He could go as high as the Buffalo Bills at No. 9 overall, which would be a bit surprising, but he could fall all the way to the early third round. Overall, he'll probably come off the board in the second round. He is too good of a football player - notice the term wasn't quarterback - to not catch some team's eye.

The 22-year-old former Gator may not be a signal caller at the next level, but he should have a long career contributing wherever else coaches feel he can contribute. If a team is patient with his development, Tebow may get a legitimate shot at being an NFL quarterback, and we think he will. If not, he could do well as a tight end/H-back or perhaps a short-yardage specialist.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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