In truth we don't understand how any self respecting Christian-football fan could be anything but a Saints fan ... okay, we jest, in part. Like alot of Tebow fans, we want to see Tim drafted in the first round and to a good team where his talents can be used, but we're no great fans of the Patriots. So with very mixed feelings we're posting the following:
The Patriots have enough headaches in the present to think too far into the future, so I've decided to help them out.
When it comes time to put those draft-day cards on the table, make sure you play the ace from Florida. Not All-SEC linebacker Brandon Spikes or Joe Haden, the fleet-footed, hard-hitting junior cornerback who could elect to enter the draft. I'm talking about Tim Tebow, the three-year Heisman candidate and triggerman of that lethal Gators' offense.
Yes, Tim Tebow.
No, he's not going to unseat Tom Brady as next year's starting quarterback. Heck, if you listen to all the draftnicks, Tebow isn't even likely to play quarterback in the National Football League.
He may not, but because he can is just one of the reasons why the Patriots should (and, undoubtedly will) look long and hard at the man who has played a total of 47 games at quarterback during his four-year college career. He's not likely to be a first-round pick, which will allow the Patriots to address another of their all-of-a-sudden many needs — a pass-rushing defensive end; a linebacker who can stop the run and occasionally pressure the quarterback; a defensive back who can cover somebody; and a third wide receiver who can limit the hits on Wes Welker and keep Randy Moss interested for an entire game.
If the draftnicks are right in tabbing Tebow as a late second- to fourth-round selection, then he's a perfect fit for the Patriots.
1. He's big, versatile and knows how to win.
2. He's a viable backup QB with loads of big-game experience, important should Brady go down with an injury or be called away to baby sit on any given Sunday.
3. He's the next third-down back in waiting for when age or injury finally takes its toll on Kevin Faulk. In addition to throwing for 85 touchdown passes at Florida, Tebow's also run for 56 touchdowns and 2,896 yards. He's reported to have soft receiver-like hands.
4. His versatility would allow coach Bill Belichick to use him as the triggerman in any gimmick play — Wildcat formation, for example — forcing the defense to guess between run and pass whenever he has the ball in his hands.
5. Belichick is close friends with Florida coach Urban Meyer and is very familiar with the extraordinary talents of the 6-3, 245-pound, 22-year-old Tebow.
As good a coach as Belichick may be, his drafting has been suspect the past few post-seasons — see 2007, where seven New England selections are already reportedly out of football. There's no question the Patriots have more pressing needs in the first and, possibly, second round of the upcoming draft.
But you can bet if Tebow is still on the board when the third or fourth round rolls around, Belichick will think long and hard about bringing the ex-Gator into the Patriots' family. He'd be crazy not to.