"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.