Florida’s Tim Tebow and the rest of the players started to arrive in Mobile for the Senior Bowl on Sunday.
“Most people think that he’s risking the most of any player coming to play this game,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “But I think it’s a brilliant move. He’s a guy that is arguably the best football player to play college football. Most NFL scouts would probably put him in the third round.”
(Sorry, but Ohio State’s Archie Griffin, the ONLY two-time Heisman Trophy winner has a much better case for the “best player ever” tag. He just played in the pre-ESPN/daily highlights era.)
Tebow will receive a great deal of scrutiny this week as he attempts to perform in an NFL-styled offense.
“You’ve got mechanical issues,” Mayock said. “You’ve got philosophical issues, if you are going to draft him as far as what offense you are going to run? You’ve got some major issues here.”
Tebow will be battling for playing time with Oklahoma State’s Zac Robinson and West Virginia’s Jarrett Brown for the South team.
Cincinnati’s Chris Pike, Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour and Oregon State’s Sean Canfield are the North quarterbacks. Here’s a link to the rosters.
Here’s a look at some other former quarterbacks who were great in college and didn’t project well as NFL signal callers:
College: West Virginia
Highlight: Had a 34-8 record as a starter and won four bowl games. . . completed 64.8 percent of his passes. . . holds NCAA record for most rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,480 yards.
Drafted by: Miami, second round (44th overall) in 2009.
NFL highlight: Played in 13 games as backup quarterback.
Where is he now: Still on the roster.
Highlight: Completed 417 of 755 passes for 5,857 yards, 53 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. . . rushed 382 times for 2,535 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Drafted by: Jacksonville, first round (21st overall) in 2005.
NFL highlight: Appeared to be coming on when he had 65 receptions for 761 yards in 12 games during the 2008 sesaon.
Where is he now: Spent last season out of football after two drug related arrests.
College: Florida State
Highlight: Won the Heisman Trophy in 1993 and led the Seminoles to their first-ever national championship. Also was a basketball standout.
Drafted by: Went undrafted after stating that he wanted to be a first round pick or he’d play basketball. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA draft.
NFL highlight: None.
Where is he now: The Thomasville, Ga. native is head football coach at Westbury Christian School in Houston.
Highlight: Won the Heisman Trophy in 2001 after passing for 1,510 yards and rushing for 1,115. . . was 35-7 as a starting quarterback.
Drafted by: St. Louis, third round (95 overall) in 2002.
NFL highlight: Was tried as a wide receiver and safety, but never played in an NFL game. Was considered too short at 6-0 to play quarterback in the NFL.
Where is he now: Tried to make a comeback with the All-American Football League, but the operation folded.
College: West Virginia
Highlight: Had 7,334 total yards and became the first Division I quarterback to pass for more than 5,000 yards and rush for more than 2,000 yards in a career from 1987-89. . . led the Mounties to Fiesta Bowl appearance against Notre Dame in what was considered the national championship game after the 1988 season.
Drafted by: Los Angeles Raiders, 12th round (317 overall) in 1990.
NFL highlight: None. Never played in the league. (Aside: Before his time. Would have been a prototypical Wildcat quarterback.)
Where is he now: Was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame last year and is coaching high school football in the Pittsburgh area.
Highlight: Passed for 8,799 yards and 56 touchdowns. . . rushed for 4,289 yards and 45 touchdowns. . . was the first player in NCAA history to pass for more than 8,000 yards and rush for more than 4,000 yards.
Drafted by: New York Jets, fourth round (103 overall) in 2006.
NFL highlight: Helped Jets reach the AFC title game this season playing as their Wildcat quarterback.
Where is he now: Is in his fourth season with the Jets.
Highlight: Passed for 5,203 yards and completed 66.3 percent of his passes. . . rushed for 1,072 yards. . . was 21-1 as a starter.
Drafted by: San Francisco, first round (one overall) in 2005.
NFL highlight: Just completed his best season where he completed 60.5 percent of his passes.
Where is he now: Starts for the 49ers.
College: Florida State
Highlight: Ended up playing more receiver than quarterback. . . Caught 65 passes for 1,011 yards in 2003.
Drafted by: Arizona, second round (54 overall) in 2003.
NFL highlight: Three-time Pro Bowler. Last season, against Seattle he became the fifth fastest NFL player ever to gain 7,000 receiving yards.
Where is he now: Plays for the Cardinals.
Others considered: Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M, Chris Leak, Florida; Tommie Frazier, Nebraska; and Gino Torretta, Miami.
Will Tebow be an NFL quarterback? Will they have to move him to Tight End or H-Back? Did we miss any QBs on the list here?