One of the most intriguing stories during the draft will be just where Florida QB Tim Tebow will end up. According to the NFL.com’s Gil Brandt (via the Contra Costa Times) the Oakland Raiders are the latest team that has expressed interest in one of the most prolific players in college football history after a one-on-one meeting.
Tebow was asked to break down a play for the coaching staff and said, “This is how it’s called with Florida, this is how it’s called with your organization, and this is how it’s called with West Coast teams. I think that when you get a quarterback and he reacts that quickly, you know that the guy is not only pretty smart, but he does have that mental quickness to adjust very fast.”
While it seems unlikely the Raiders would consider Tebow at No. 8, it’s conceivable he could still be around when Oakland picks at No 39.
Is anything unlikely when you are dealing with Al Davis? Short of the Raiders trading for the top pick and selecting Trindon Holliday, there isn’t anything they could do that would surprise me. That said, it does make sense that Oakland would follow up the disaster that was/is JaMarcus Russell with a player that is viewed as such an unknown at the next level.
Back in January I made a case for the Chiefs using a third round pick on Tebow because I felt — and still feel — that he has all the necessary tools and intangibles to be a successful NFL quarterback. It’s important that wherever he goes that Tebow has at least a year to refine his delivery while contributing as a Wildcat option. In Oakland he would likely start immediately and that just doesn’t make much sense… Meaning get his Raider jersey ready to go!