For those reading the pre-draft tea leaves about where Tim Tebow might be drafted -- and by whom -- some very good fodder today:
Brad Childress will be a special guest at Urban Meyer's annual coaching clinic today in Gainesville. While he is there, Childress will watch Tim Tebow work out.
Let's review the circumstantial evidence of a fit:
*The Vikings have the 30th pick of the 1st round of the draft, which would allow them to leapfrog the scrum at the top of the 2nd round. It also jibes with the emerging conventional wisdom that Tebow will get taken before the 1st round is over.
*The Vikings have a need at the position: They do not have an imminent -- this season -- need for a QB, but they do have an eventual need, as early as 2011.
The notion of Brett Favre mentoring Tebow is probably enough to implode the minds of the many who dislike both Favre and Tebow. It is the ultimate Venn Diagram of Schadenfreude.
*Childress is obviously close with Meyer: When he asks Meyer about Tebow and Meyer tells him Tebow is the greatest football player he has ever coached, it will resonate.
*Childress has done well with Florida players: He picked Percy Harvin last year, and don't forget, Harvin was considered a "controversial" pick (right up until he got on the field).
*Tebow won't be around when the Vikings pick again at the end of the 2nd round. And he may very well be gone in the last picks of the 1st round -- certainly the first few picks of the 2nd.
*Non-football considerations: Beyond the winning, I think that the Vikings saw what kind of attention they got for having Brett Favre; that would continue with Tebow on the team.
(Don't get me wrong: I have become convinced that teams won't spend a 1st-round pick -- or even a 2nd-round pick -- on a marketing gimmick. But Tebow presents unique p.r. upside, in addition to his substantial upside as a player prospect.)
It's not like Childress is making a special trip down to Gainesville to see Tebow. But, circumstantially, the evidence is enough to put the Vikings in the Tebow derby.