Tebow Conspiracy: First (unofficial) Mock Draft Sighting

31 03 2010

Now I know how Major League Baseball players felt when standing in the batter’s box against Randy Johnson. You see this big, hulking presence wind up preparing to deliver one of the scariest fastballs ever in baseball. But no matter how confident you were that the fastball was coming, or how much you readied yourself for that sizzling pitch, you were helpless. It was coming and there was nothing you could do about it.

That is how I feel with this Tim Tebow draft conspiracy. It’s coming. Like a fastball down the pipe, it’s coming. My only hope is that I don’t get drilled in the head with it.

FoxSports.com’s Adam Schein sees it coming, too. I’m sure there was a self-serving purpose to his prediction, but Schein has delivered what I have found to be the first (unofficial) draft projection. Sorry, Adam, but if he does get picked in the first round, I’ve got dibs on the “I called it first” title.

I say “unofficial” because (1) Schein delivered it in his normal sarcastic delivery (professing his “bro-mance” or “man-crush” with Tebow), (2) he made no real attempt to try to pick who might draft Tebow and where, and (3) Schein is not only my list of “serious Mock Draft” providers.

Schein suggests the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins might be interested in him. First, Bill “Hoodie” Belichick will not take Tebow in the first round. If he’s available in the second, definitely. But Belichick runs too tight of “war room” to allow hype like Tebow-mania to make him change his draft board. And the Redskins will not take him with the 4th overall pick in the draft. No way, no how. Which is perfect for the Redskins because he SHOULD be available when they come around to pick again in the second round (#37).

And after Sam Bradford’s superb pro-day, you can hear the St Louis Rams sewing the letters on his jersey for the Draft day presentation. So, they will have no need to take a quarterback in the second round. He could easily fall right into the Redskins’ lap.

Again, I always feel like I need to say this, but I agree with Schein when he says Tebow will eventually be a solid NFL player. I totally agree. I just do not feel he is worthy of a first round pick. So much could happen, so many things could go wrong. Nothing is guaranteed with him. Then again, what do I know, all of the “experts” have Jimmy Clausen projected to be a top 10 pick – and he hasn’t touched a football since November.

I like seeing Clausen ranked that high. It will make the draft more interesting this year watching to see how far he falls, a la Brady Quinn and Aaron Rodgers.

I may need to hire that guy who took his Wonderlic Test with Tebow if I actually have to hear Roger Goodell read Tebow’s name on opening night of the draft. He’s obviously got experience telling Tebow to “shut the…”

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Carroll fuels Tebow draft conspiracy

24 03 2010

I felt like Mel Gibson in a taxi cab watching Julia Roberts on a treadmill through binoculars. The conspiracy was coming true. I didn’t know whether to be happy it was coming together like I said, or upset that it was coming together like I said.

When I saw that Pete Carroll, new Seattle Seahawks coach, comment “I can’t believe a quarterback of his stature won’t be (taken in the first round),” I also heard the sound of the first dominoes of the conspiracy falling. (courtesy of Jason La Canfora’s NFL.com blog)

First the NFL invites Tebow to be present at the NFL draft, when no one is predicting him even close to the first round. Draft invitations are only extended to potential high first round picks, never to guys who aren’t even on mock drafts in the first round. It makes no sense.

Until you hear Carroll’s comments today. Then it starts to clear up. The NFL gets in the ear of “the new guy” and “suggest” he make a well placed comment about Tebow being first-round talent. Carroll is the first and only person to suggest such an outrageous thing. Other teams know Seattle is in need of a quarterback replacement (with Matt Hasselback’s imminent departure) and no one believes Charlie Whitehurst is really going to be their long-term solution at quarterback.

I challenge anyone to find me a legitimate mock draft (ESPN, NFL.com, FoxSports, CNNSI, Yahoo, Sporting News, etc – not some crazy hack) that has Tebow in the first round dated between January 1 – March 24, 2010. It doesn’t exist.

Now you get the other teams worried that Seattle aren’t going to waste a pick on him in the first round, but they may be hungry to move up and take him early in the second round, or possibly another team like Washington or Tampa Bay might snag him early in the second round.

Let the panic spread!!!

The next thing you know, Tebow is on everyone’s big board. Not because of his talent, but because they want to be the team to take Tebow, and the race is on to see who actually picks him first. It’s more like a game of chicken than a race – to see who the first guy to flinch and take him might be. Now, Tebow is drafted in the 20s of the first round by a team that has no need for him. Why? Hysteria. Tim Tebow fueled hysteria.

Here is my disclaimer: I believe Tim Tebow has the potential to be one of the top quarterbacks taken in this draft. I think Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Max Hall, Tony Pike and Tebow are solid NFL-caliber quarterbacks. I guarantee Tebow will prove to be better than Jimmy Clausen. Take that to the bank. But he is not ready yet. He even admitted it. He is not worth the money and the value of a first round pick. Plain and simple.

The only way Tebow is drafted in the first round is through the snowball of hype Pete Carroll just created. And I promise you that someone in the NFL offices had a hand in the remarks made today. Otherwise explain Pete Carroll’s remarks.

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Tebow’s greatness leads to NFL rigging the draft?

17 03 2010

And it never ends …

Just when you thought reality was finally going to knock Tim Tebow out of the Pantheon down to Earth with the rest of us schmoes, the NFL kicks us in the gut with the news that Tebow has been invited to attend the draft.

The NFL has invited only those players with a guaranteed slot in the first round of the draft, and after the Aaron Rodgers and Brady Quinn sagas played out on live television, they restricted the invitations to reduce the risk of a player being embarrassed on draft day.

But then Tim Tebow was born – or was it immaculately conceived – and all the rules change.

By inviting Tebow to the draft site, they plan on putting him in the gallery with cameras on him from the minute Roger Goodell makes his first trip to the microphone. The NFL undoubtedly is putting pressure on NFL teams to “be the team to draft the man, the myth, the legend, the god, Tim Tebow.”

I was OK with wrestling being rigged. I understand horse racing and boxing have their “moments.” But this is just too far. Now the NFL gets to ram Tebow down our throats?!?!

I feel like I’m back at college at a party with Roger Goodell and he’s got a beer-bong and can of Tim Tebow, while the NFLPA is ramming the tube down my throat. Standby, here comes the Tebow, whether you like it or not!!

Tim Tebow is nowhere near a first round pick in this years draft. Even he admits he has a lot of room for improvement and things to work on. The first round is not the place to draft “projects.” That’s the 3rd-6th rounds. That’s what they invented Compensatory Picks for. The first two rounds are dedicated to building and improving teams, not drinking the Tebow energy drink.

Now we can all wait for the Guarana and Tebow crashes after be forced to stomach this crap.

If Tebow is drafted in the first round, you can bet Vince McMahon is somewhere on the NFL board of directors.

First Jimmy Clausen it expected to be a top 10 pick, now this? Is football that desperate?

I can’t take it anymore.

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Mr Meyer’s Wild Ride

28 12 2009

Just something to think about before we head into the BCS bowl schedule … are we being told the truth about Urban Meyer?

After too many shady backroom coaching deals over the past few years, a few red flags were raised following the abrupt resignation of Florida’s Urban Meyer Saturday, and then following the equally abrupt backpedaling we saw the next day.

The explanation we got was that it was due to a medical condition. But now he may be on the sideline (less than 24 hours after deciding to walk away)? Not so fast, Mr. Meyer.

It is very likely this was a backroom deal — leading to Meyer taking another coaching job after taking a year off — gone wrong.

I may not have been the only one with an eyebrow left raised following the shocking news, and after a little investigating, the Florida AD may have caught wind of the deal.

How better to get out of your deal, still get paid, and then “mysteriously” have a Tier 1 coaching job (whether NFL or other college program) waiting gift-wrapped on his doorstep.

I pray for Urban’s continued good health, but I also hope he hasn’t been trying to pull a fast-one over on us at the peak of the giving season.

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