A key matchup that will carry over from the SEC to the AFC West is Tim Tebow vs. Eric Berry. The first head-to-head showdown was jersey sales during the draft and it’s the Denver quarterback that beat Berry by setting a new record.
While the league doesn’t disclose sales totals, the former University of Florida quarterback logged the most jersey orders since 2006, the first year NFLShop.com joined with GSI Commerce Inc. to expand its online store. Tebow’s sales totals eclipsed the previous draft-weekend record of Sanchez, who in 2009 was the first quarterback taken by the Jets with a top-five pick since Joe Namath.
“It’s a pretty substantial difference between him and the next guy,” NFL spokeswoman Joanna Hunter said of Tebow’s jersey sales.
A distant second to Tebow in sales from April 22-25 was defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions.
Quarterback Sam Bradford, who was the No. 1 overall pick of the St. Louis Rams, was third in rookie jersey sales, followed by Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.
I’ll take Tebow winning all of the off-the-field rounds as long as Berry is dominating in between the lines. He likely won’t see the field much this season, but with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels putting all of his eggs in Tebow’s basket there should be plenty of time for the two first-round picks to go head-to-head.