There are always surprises in the NFL Draft. Every team is made up of coaches and executives that have different philosophies about football, personnel, and strategy. Some people study film, read statistics, look at test results, conduct interviews, and ask for advice. At the end of the day, a person has to weigh all the options and make a decision. Sometimes people just have a particular sense about a player and make a decision, even though their thought-process might be questioned. With that in mind, here are a few thoughts on why the Denver Broncos made Tim Tebow a first-round pick.
One of Tebow’s best traits is his personality and his leadership ability. It is a bit cliche, but Tim is a winner and he knows how to inspire people. Granted, the professional game is probably less about getting people fired up with inspirational speeches. Also, a “character guy” is nice but personality will not necessarily get it done on the field. However, franchises definitely look for players who will work hard, have a good attitude, and stay out of trouble.
Another reason for Tim Tebow being drafted by the Broncos is that he is a great athlete. While switching positions may be tough in the NFL, it isn’t out of the question. Some people may still think that the “wildcat” running scheme is a gimmick, but Tebow may be the type of player who can convert to a situational running back and give the Broncos some interesting options on offense.
Of course, Denver may be planning on Tebow being their quarterback someday. Kyle Orton is the current quarterback for the Denver Broncos, but he may not be a long-term solution. Brady Quinn was brought in via trade, but he may not be the answer either. Tim Tebow was a successful college quarterback and he has some time to learn and develop. Even quarterbacks that are “ready” for the NFL do not typically start right away. Tebow may have the opportunity to sit back, learn the pro game, and be a long-term solution at signal caller.
Taking a chance
Finally, there is the reality that some teams decide to roll the dice and take a gamble in the NFL Draft. Sometimes it is easier to make the safe pick, but these are still competitive people who want to take chances on occasion. Teams aren’t exactly throwing darts at a wall of names, but sometimes there are situations where a team decides to make a tough choice. The NFL Draft history is littered with high draft picks that turned out to be utter failures, despite being highly regarded before being selected. In addition to these “busts,” there are a few gems that teams selected in spots that, at the time, were probably questioned by the experts. Tim Tebow may not make it in the NFL, but the Broncos are hoping that someday people will look back at the 2010 Draft and realize that Denver took a gamble that ultimately paid huge dividends.