"Overall, Senior Bowl week could not have gone worse from an on-the-field standpoint."
Two points in reaction:
(1) Couldn't it have gone worse if Tebow didn't bother to show up at all? Guarantee his learning curve improved from the five days of NFL coaching. And his pre-draft hype got even bigger (which must drive McShay batty).
(2) If it "could not have gone worse," why did McShay give him a "D+" and not a "D" or "D-" or "F." For someone so sure of himself, that feels like a hedge.
It will be most interesting the day that McShay has to reconcile his grade for Tebow with where Tebow will actually go in the draft -- which is all fans really care about: Mock drafts.
McShay thinks that Tebow is a 3rd-round talent (which, itself, is odd given how poorly McShay thinks of him -- 3rd round still makes him a Top 100 prospect), but will he slot him in the 3rd-round in his mock draft? If so, he will be so wrong as to discredit him as a draft expert. Mock drafts aren't about how draftniks grade the prospects, but their best guess where those prospects will be drafted. Two totally different things.
It's funny: I have heard McShay provide two different things -- he says he gives Tebow a "3rd-round grade," yet he also says he could be "over-drafted" as high as a Pat White-ish 44th, in the middle of the 2nd round. McShay seems to completely ignore the very real possibility the Jaguars will pull off among the biggest reaches in NFL Draft history and take Tebow 10th.
In the end, it doesn't matter how McShay grades Tebow. It matters where McShay predicts Tebow will be drafted -- and if all signs point to the Jaguars taking him in the 1st round with the 10th overall pick, will McShay reflect that in his mock or insist on his own version of reality?
And even where McShay predicts Tebow will be drafted is pretty irrelevant -- McShay could fall on his sword and get it totally wrong by putting Tebow where McShay believes he should be drafted... or McShay could cynically ignore his own analysis and put Tebow where he will be drafted.
The irony is: It's a no-win for McShay.
All that matters is where Tebow is actually drafted: The right fit, a good coaching staff, a willingness to invest in developing him while simultaneously unleashing him in unorthodox ways.
And one thing is an absolute, lock-solid, make-me-a-draftnik certainty: The round and pick Tim Tebow is ultimately drafted in won't be nearly as bad of a slot as McShay thinks it should be.
(Update: I think I figured out the appropriate analogy. Todd McShay is to Tim Tebow as Frank Grimes was to Homer Simpson on that classic episode where Homer unwittingly developed a nemesis in Grimes, who drove himself insane -- and worse -- trying to figure out why Homer was so successful despite Grimes' emphatic belief that Homer shouldn't be.)