Wednesday, April 14, 2010

NFL Tebow: Meets With Broncos Today

Tim Tebow is meeting with the Broncos today. On a couple of levels, this isn't a fit.

Given that Denver just traded for Brady Quinn, to go with incumbent starter Kyle Orton, this doesn't seem like a need for the Broncos.

However: As a Belichick protege, Josh McDaniels may have similar interest to Tebow as Belichick has -- his ability to create "plus-one" mismatches as a opportunistic running QB.

McDaniels is also a QB coach by trade and training, and he might see himself as the perfect guy to develop Tebow. That said: McDaniels already has a project in Brady Quinn.

But let's look at the practicalities of their draft options:

The Broncos have the No. 11 overall pick -- too early to take Tebow, given their QB situation -- and the Nos. 43 (from Miami) and 45 picks of the 2nd round -- either would be too late to get Tebow in the 2nd round.

Denver could, conceivably, package one or both of those picks to move up into the 33-36 range where a team might be willing to trade down. Two problems: (1) That's giving up a lot, and (2) Tebow will likely be gone by the end of the 1st round.

By internal and external circumstances, the Broncos seem unlikely to draft Tebow. I don't even list them on my latest Tebow Draft Projections ranking.

(However, by trading Brandon Marshall, they do have jersey No. 15 available -- easy joke.)

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