My colleagues at Sporting News have their latest 2010 NFL Mock Draft up, and what amazes me is not just that Tim Tebow isn't in the top half -- it's that they have the Jaguars drafting a QB... but it is NOT Tim Tebow. It's Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen. Hunh?
So let me get this straight: The Jaguars WILL take a QB with that No. 10 pick, but will PASS UP Tebow for another QB? I don't care how good Clausen "grades out," this makes no sense, based on all the signals being sent from the team -- not to mention the pressure they will get from fans.
This is what I was talking about the other day when I said that there is a cognitive disconnect between the scouts' grades and mock-draft "reality." Clausen may very well grade out higher than Tebow; in the case of the Jaguars, that has nothing to do with anything.
If the Jaguars decide they don't want to take a QB -- heck, if they decide they really need the help on defense? OK, fine. I think we can all agree that's reasonable. But if they are going to take a QB with that No. 10 pick, there is no way -- NO WAY -- it won't be Tebow.
(I should stop evaluating mock drafts -- particularly in mid-January -- because they are so unreflective of reality. But I just can't help myself...)