Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tebow Invited to NFL Draft in New York

The NFL has invited Tim Tebow to attend the NFL Draft in New York at the end of April, per ESPN's Mortenson.

Typically, a player without a guaranteed place in the 1st round would not be invited. But between Tebow's celebrity -- he is clearly the most popular and well-known player in the Draft class -- and the draft's new format, inviting him was obvious.

Even if Tebow doesn't go in the 1st round, the new three-day format would create entirely new anticipation for the top of the 2nd round, which happens on Friday.

In fact, I would argue that Tebow not taken in the 1st round will be the biggest storyline following the 1st round -- that is, the anticipation of where he might go in Round 2. Those with "Tebow fatigue" will hate it, but that's going to be the story.

There is an interesting argument to be made that with all of the 1st-rounders gone, Tebow has the entire stage to himself heading into the draft's second day.

That makes it a terrific move for the NFL to invite him -- and for Tebow to enthusiastically accept.

10 comments:

  1. "Even if Tebow doesn't go in the 1st round, the new three-day format would create entirely new anticipation for the top of the 2nd round, which happens on Friday."

    "That makes it a terrific move for the NFL to invite him -- and for Tebow to enthusiastically accept."

    I really don't want Tebow to go there or even allow the tv cameras in his home on the 1st day of the draft-UNLESS he's been assured by a team that they're taking him w/their 1st round pick. At this point, it looks like Tim's going to be a 2nd-round pick, so if he goes the day of round 1, he'll just be sitting there for hours not getting chosen while watching everyone else posing w/their new team shirt. Then he'll have to come back again the next day after the haters have had so much fun w/his not getting drafted yet. (I mentioned in an earlier post how pathetic Aaron Rodgers looked when he was just sitting around for so long waiting to get drafted. I'd hate to see that happen to Tim.) Also, Tim's often accused by his haters of being a camera-hog. Keeping a low profile on draft day would go against that allegation. Maybe he should even be back in TN working on his throwing, etc on the 1st day of the draft? That would certainly show how serious he is about improving.

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  2. Tim has already said he is not going to New York for the draft. I think this is one time that he's not going to try to please the masses. It's a wise decision IMO.

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  3. Jennifer, that's great to hear. I just googled Tebow+draft & found too many hits to go through. Would you know where you saw/heard that? Thanks

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  4. I have been confused about comments Mike Holmgren has made but I have always had this gut feeling that Holgren plans on taking Tebow.. maybe even took the Browns jobs with his sights set on Tebow. Seeing this pic really makes me think that is the case..

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/19/20100317/img/psp-florida-prom-day-tebow-ccda190081cb.html

    Looks like great chemistry there.. we may see that pair for years and years to come with a lot of success...

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  5. @ReedRichards: When I saw a clip of them talking I immediately thought of your Tebow/Browns posts on here. I also thought of Tebow going to the Browns when I heard they'd signed Jake Delhomme (sp?). They signed him for 2 years, iirc. Exactly the amount of time most analysts believe it will take Tebow to be a starter.

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  6. It's confusing though because people always say everything these personnel guys say is all a smokescreen.. so if they say something positive it's supposed to mean they are really targeting someone else. So that makes me wonder. Holmgren has been very good about praising Tebow and kind of critiquing him at the same time. I feel he could be setting his fans up for Tebow's drafting.. but there are so many guys like Colt McCoy and Dan LeFevour that teams could be targeting later in the draft too.. I hope that's not the case because I have a good feeling about Tebow, Holmgren and Cleveland..

    Some other interesting bits.. since I first learned about Tebow I called him the white Jim Brown at QB. Then I discovered that Jim Brown and Tebow were almost the exact same height and weight.. AND both were called "Superman" in their era. And Jim Brown played for Cleveland...

    Tebow was also called "the Chosen one" as was LeBron James.. who also was drafted by Cleveland.. I just think it all makes sense. :D

    What I wonder about though is let's say Holmgren did make those moves to take Tebow.. How can they just sit around on draft day waiting to see if someone else takes Tebow before they do? This is why I find it so hard to believe Tebow won't be a first round pick. If someone has their heart set on him enough to build their franchise around him you'd think they would take him right away. Especially considering that you could always use Tebow as a Wildcat QB or a runner before he is a fulltime starter at QB.

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  7. Brooke, I remember hearing him say it in an interview, but I don't remember with who or when. But it looks like he might be reconsidering now...

    Http://www.onlygators.com/03/17/2010/tebow-Haden-to-attend-2010-NFL-draft-in-nyc/

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  8. Thanks for the link, Jennifer.

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  9. " I remember hearing him say it in an interview, but I don't remember with who or when. But it looks like he might be reconsidering now..."

    @Jennifer: I don't know if you heard it from the same source as I did, but I heard it from a local Jacksonville TV station during his autograph session on March 6th. According to the reporter, Tim had told him that he had received an invitation but wasn't going.

    "Also, Tim's often accused by his haters of being a camera-hog. Keeping a low profile on draft day would go against that allegation. Maybe he should even be back in TN working on his throwing, etc on the 1st day of the draft? That would certainly show how serious he is about improving."

    I couldn't you agree with you more, Brooke. And I certainly wouldn't want him to endure what Rodgers and Quinn went through. I felt that if he did go, it would be even more fire for his haters to throw at him. Going on a low-profile and focusing on more practice is all he needs now.

    I know this is stating the obvious, but they also talked about it this morning on Sportscenter. In a nutshell, they made it seem like Tebow's invitation is/was a fuel for ratings and TV drama. I don't know the exact quote, but they also mentioned it would be like "reality TV." :/ The entire segment irritated me like no other.

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  10. Laura,Yes, I think that is where I heard it. I've seen so many tebow interviews that they are all starting to run together in my head!

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