Florida Governor Charlie Crist tells Jaguars to draft Tim Tebow
Crist said Monday that he's talked with the Jaguars ownership about taking Tim Tebow - who grew up in Jacksonville - in the NFL draft next April as a means to sell more season tickets and keep the team from moving out of Jacksonville.
That plan should work exceedingly well, until the Jags are 2-6 to start the season and Tebow has three times as many picks as touchdown passes. Then it might not really matter that they drafted him at all.
And this is where we get to the book on Tebow. There are really two prevailing camps of thought on him. One camp is he can succeed in the NFL because he's a good guy who's religious and a virgin and a winner! And he's a leader! Then there's the other camp that looks at him and says, sweet merciful crap, this guy isn't very accurate, he has a dreadful throwing motion, he plays in a catoonish offense, and he's a run first QB who isn't anywhere near as fast as a young Michael Vick or Vince Young. NFL linebackers are going to kill him. So we better make him a tight end.
And that's really it. I think most rational people are in the second camp, because let's face it, when you get down to why he'll succeed as a pro QB, you find yourself not really talking about the things you should be talking about when it comes to what makes a great NFL QB. When was the last time you heard someone say Tebow has great pocket presence, or see how well he looks off his receivers, or my what great form he has. Nope, it's just he's a leader! He wins! Yeah, that's great in college, but crap like that doesn't mean much in the pro game if you can't even get on the field.
So we'll see, but let me just tell the Jaguars this. No sense in mortgaging your future to sell a few extra thousand seats.