Now, add a report from ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli, giving air time to a perspective directly at odds with his colleagues Mel Kiper and Todd McShay.
Pasquarelli provides an unambiguous platform for Ken Herock, who runs a pre-draft clinic for players to prepare for combine interviews. Herock also has long experience as an NFL scout. Listen:
"He's by far the best [prospect] with whom I've ever worked. He walks into a room and he just energizes it. Whatever 'it' is, he's definitely got 'it.' & Even for a guy like me, who's done this for so long, you almost get goosebumps."There you go. Now, Tebow is Herock's client, so it's fair to say that Herock was going to be positive. But this is beyond positive. More:
"His release might be a little low at this point, but a lot of people talked about Philip Rivers' delivery too before he was drafted, and look at what he's done. I've heard all the supposed [negatives]. But I watched [Tebow] on the field and his velocity is good enough, and so is his accuracy. As far as his learning, you don't have to tell him anything twice. And he's a student of the game. I recommended that he watch some tapes of Steve Young, and he said, 'Oh, I've already done that.' He wants to be good. He wants to succeed. And he will succeed."From the pre-Senior Bowl buzz that is already building, it is obvious that the strategic decision by Tebow to participate will pay off huge. If the last few weeks -- if not last few months -- was dominated by "Who knows?" at best and "Meh" at worst (McShay/Kiper), we are about to see not just "exceeds (low) expectations," but flat-out "yes, he can play; yes, he's worth a 1st."
That will be the meme coming out of next week in Mobile. That will be the talking point. As I wrote earlier today, that is the benefit of the low expectations to start.
As I have also said repeatedly over the months of draft discussion, it is going to be fascinating to see all the doubters/haters walk back their criticism to fall in line with conventional wisdom, rather than keeping themselves out there against it.
They will almost certainly use the Senior Bowl to start that process.
The draftniks are not dumb -- they know they can't be too far outside the mainstream. There is interesting contrarianism, and then there is looking foolish. Draftniks -- like all pundits -- have a supreme weakness: Fear of looking like a fool.
And thus conventional wisdom is generated....