There is a new rumor that Tim Tebow might not go to New York for the NFL Draft. The most popular and intriguing player in the Draft might not be at the Draft?
I suppose it is possible that Tebow doesn't want to be stuck in the green room into the 2nd round. But if that is his motivation, I think he is mis-reading the new context.
The new format of the Draft -- without precedent, in any sport -- means that even if he doesn't go in the 1st round, he can be the star of the 2nd round, held on Friday.
If he isn't taken, Tebow's draft status will be THE storyline following the 1st round -- not Sam Bradford going No. 1, not anything else.
And the clamor around who might take him in the 2nd round -- how high he might go -- will be the topic people want to talk about right up until he is drafted.
By attending -- even if he lays low on Thursday and doesn't actually sit in the green room -- he will benefit from all of that.
Let's offer two alternatives:
(1) Skip the 1st round, banking on the idea that he won't be selected in the 1st, but fly up to NYC for the 2nd round; everyone wants to see it.
(2) Show up for the 1st round, but skip the green room and instead crash the ESPN broadcast table, asking for a seat. Then proceed to talk about all the teams and draftees.
But there are plenty of options related to attending, besides this knee-jerk idea from the experts that Tebow will be sitting glumly in the green room, looking like a loser.
Everything about Tebow's pre-NFL career -- all three months of it -- has been marked by insane amounts of interest. Why would that change on Draft Days?