Tuesday, February 9, 2010

NFL Tebow: Mike Mayock a Fan

"If you're ever going to take a chance on a kid ... this is the kid."

-- Mike Mayock, on Dan Patrick's radio show this morning. It wasn't all glowing reviews: Mayock called Tebow's footwork "out of whack" and said he needed a "redshirt" year.

He also said Tebow "might" rise "as high" as the 2nd round.

Okay, one more time:

Unless I am totally reading the signals wrong -- and, of course, I might be -- everyone keeps presuming that the Draft market for Tebow is rational (3rd round, or 2nd in a "stretch"), when -- of course -- the market for Tebow could very well be entirely irrational.

In the draft's first 10 picks, the Jaguars (more precisely: Jags owner Wayne Weaver) could simply pick Tebow for all of the ancillary benefits that come from drafting him, rather than some ludicrously fictitious standard that he be ready to start at QB in the NFL immediately. (How many college QBs are ready to make the leap immediately? Or after one year? Or even two years? Hell, how many years has Matt Leinart taken?)

Even Mayock's quote at the top implies the irrationality around him: Under any other anonymous circumstances, no player of Tebow's NFL-QB-skill-set profile would be considered a 1st-rounder -- perhaps even a 2nd- or 3rd-rounder. But "Tebow being Tebow" has a way of influencing people, from Mayock... even to Todd McShay, who probably thinks -- talent-wise -- Tebow isn't even a 3rd-rounder and yet who has irrationally inflated him (by his own standards) into the 2nd round.


  1. Have you guys seen the piece on ESPN about Drew Brees injured shoulder? The Chargers dumped Brees because they thought it was a bad gamble betting on Brees badly injured shoulder. Breees doctor said he wouldn't bet against Brees even though he had a small chance of coming back from his shoulder injury. Brees was not supposed to be a great QB even with a healthy shoulder. This seems like a perfect comparison to Tebow.. people shouldn't bet against Tebow's ability to develop himself. He is raw but he has all the upside in the world.

  2. Yes, I saw that & was also thinking about Tebow.

  3. Here is the Combine Schedule for NFL Network. QB workouts are on Sunday.

    Live Workouts: Hosted by Rich Eisen with NFL Network analysts Charles Davis and Mike Mayock providing daily reports on the prospects participating in the workouts. Airs live Saturday, Feb. 27 and runs through Tuesday, March 2 beginning at 11 a.m. ET each day.

    NFL Total Access: NFL Total Access is on location from the Scouting Combine with news, analysis and interviews. Airs live Thursday, Feb. 25 through Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

    Press Conferences: Player, coach and general manager press conferences will air live Thursday, Feb. 25, and Friday, Feb. 26 beginning at 2:30 ET.