Tim Tebow walks away from his Gators career and enters the uncertain world of the NFL, where he’ll try to become the next Tom Brady. Or the next Larry Csonka. Nobody really knows yet. And that’s the beauty of this draft and Tebow’s place in it. His NFL status will be debated every day until the April 22-24 draft.
Caught up with Robby Tebow, Tim’s brother, who understands the long-term implications of this week. Tebow is picking an agent and his workout schedule this week. That includes whether Tebow will play in the Senior Bowl or the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando.
“By the end of the week or the beginning of next week, we’ll make that decision,” Robby said.
There have been some interesting debates out there about which team is most likely to draft Tebow or whether Tebow can fall somewhere in the top 20. Here are the top-five teams I believe are most likely to draft Tebow.
5. Seattle Seahawks — Matt Hasselbeck’s getting old, and the Seattle franchise badly needs a boost. He could back up Hasselbeck for two years and then take over.
4. Washington Redskins — Jason Campbell isn’t getting the job done, and Washington is willing to take chances. Owner Dan Synder likes making a splash. A decent fit.
3. New England Patriots — Belichick loves Tebow. A close family friend to Tebow once told me Belichick, a good friend of Urban Meyer, was ready to grab Tebow had he declared for last year’s draft. If Tebow’s available, ‘the hood’ will be ready to pounce.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Because of the stakes — Tebow’s marketability, hometown kid, a team with no buzz — Jacksonville will take a harder look at Tebow than any other team. That gives the Jags more of a chance to fall in love with his intangibles…or repel because of his mechanics. Either way, David Garrard won’t be the answer forever.
1. Buffalo Bills — Tebow and Buffalo. It’s got a nice ring to it. Tebow could help rebuild a once-proud franchise that marched to four straight Super Bowls. He already has an endorsement from Jim Kelly. He could play right away. The people of Buffalo would love him. His running game translates to the snow. Tebow to Buffalo works for all the right reasons.