We know the conventional wisdom about who might take Tebow -- Jaguars, Redskins, Bills, Patriots. This week, King wants to add another team to the mix: The 49ers.
I think, if I had to guess right now, I'd say the best shot for Tim Tebow on draft day is San Francisco, at number 13. No proof. No solid evidence. Just this: The Niners gave a tepid endorsement to Alex Smith as their quarterback of 2010 after the season; and Mike Singletary didn't draft him; and Singletary is going to fall in love with Tebow once he meets him after the season; and Tebow is the kind of winner that Singletary has preached he wants since he took the job from Mike Nolan in mid-2008. After Singletary meets Tebow at the Scouting Combine, this is my prediction of his reaction: He'll turn to GM Scot McCloughan and say, "That's my guy. We've got to have him.''Let me point out a few things to undermine King's theory:
*I find it very difficult to believe that the 49ers would draft (and pay) another QB in the 1st round so soon after Smith -- particularly a Meyer protege. Plus: If the team thinks Smith is its QB of the present and, presumably, future, why would they draft his eventual replacement?
*Urban Meyer has been extremely critical of the way that the NFL has mis-used Smith throughout his career -- and that means the 49ers. To the extent that Meyer will help -- or want to help -- Tebow avoid Smith's issues, he will steer him clear of San Francisco.
*Every team -- not just the 49ers -- will be blown away by Tebow during the interview process. King's logic could apply to the Colts and Saints, for crying out loud. That doesn't mean that any of them will draft him off of that interview, especially if they already have a pricey QB in place.
*The simplest of all explanations: The Jaguars pick a few slots ahead of the 49ers at No. 13, and there's no way the Jags let Tebow slip past them -- to 13th or anywhere else.