Friday, January 15, 2010

NFL Tebow: Jags Pick Clausen? Ha

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...)

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