"Star power is incredible, and Tebow is an iconic figure. That's very compelling."
That's not me talking. That's Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver, talking to the AP this week about the lure of drafting local hero Tim Tebow -- regardless of team need or Tebow's NFL viability.
Money quote from Weaver: "Clearly there's going to be a groundswell for Tebow, and we'll have to make that evaluation if we have a draft pick that's going to be anywhere near him."
The question is: Will Tebow be available? Let's say the Jaguars are right in the middle of the draft pack -- say, 15th. I don't think Tebow will be available. All it takes is one other team (and I'm not even talking about the Patriots -- think Dan Snyder and the Redskins) to want him.
Unless the Jaguars' season collapses and they end up with a Top 10 pick (and even that's no guarantee, given how badly the Redskins will probably do), I think the Jaguars will have to move up.
Weaver is dead-on with one point: There will be a Tebow groundswell -- and not just by Jaguars fans. As soon as everyone realizes that Bill Belichick would REALLY like to have Tebow (although he might not be willing to trade up to get him), his stock will spike.
This much is totally clear: Someone will overreach for him; he won't last past the Top 10. Maybe it is the starry-eyed Dan Snyder. Maybe it is the Tebow-loving Bill Belichick.
And maybe it is the star-starving Wayne Weaver.
UPDATE: ProFootballTalk on the Tebow/Weaver/Jags story.