After spending some time in Buffalo, Tim Tebow has taken his pre-draft tour to Boston. According to reports, he is meeting with the Patriots -- including, according to the Boston Herald, dinner with Bill Belichick in the North End of Boston last night.
Given Belichick's (and Bob Kraft's) close relationship with Urban Meyer -- not to mention Belichick's longtime fascination with the implications for the single-wing in the NFL behind a bruising dual-threat QB -- the Pats' attention on Tebow is not surprising.
The Patriots have 3 2nd-round picks -- and there has been wide speculation that they might leverage those picks into selecting Tebow. Two issues:
(1) Tebow could be gone in the 2nd round before their picks come into play, forcing them to trade up to get him.
(2) Tebow may not make it to the 2nd round, period. His stock continues to climb, to the point where you are hearing mainstream outlets speculate on a 1st-round selection.
The big question: Given the Patriots' other pressing needs, would they use their No. 22 overall selection on Tebow? Or would they give up any of their 2nd-round picks to move up into the end of the 1st round to get him?
Don't discount one interesting thing: The Patriots hold the Raiders' 1st-round pick in the 2011 Draft.
If the Patriots really are serious about getting Tebow -- even if it has to happen in the 1st round -- they could use that Raiders 1st in '11 to make a move, either moving the Raiders' pick itself or their own 1st in 2011 (while holding on to the Raiders' pick).
The 1st round of the NFL Draft is in 23 days.