Tim Tebow Predicted to Play Quarterback in the NFL in QB Wildcat Offense by Football Draft Experts
Tim Tebow spent four years as the quarterback for the University of Florida Gators and now many top football analysts are predicting that Tim Tebow will not be an every down quarterback in the NFL but rather a utility player used for a combination of formations with the majority of his touches being out of the increasingly popular Wildcat Offense.
Publicly Christian Tim Tebow won over the hearts and souls of Florida Gator fans during his near perfect four year college football career in Gainesville, FL where he won two national championships and one Heisman Trophy (award given annually to the top college football player). Despite setting numerous college football records and being arguably the most accomplished college football player in the hundred plus year history of the game Tebow has his fair share of doubters that are skeptical that his game will translate to the next level.
Critics argue that in order for Tim to be successful in the National Football League (NFL) his skill set will have to rapidly adapt and that is something many experts are bearish on. To many casual observers it seems odd that a player that has experienced so much success on the field and is widely regarded as an intense competitor with a model work ethic could possibly not even be given the opportunity to showcase his skills on the professional football stage. What NFL scouting experts realize that many ordinary fans forget is that for decades there has been a long history of quarterbacks who were very successful predominately running quarterbacks in college that simply were not able to make the adjustments necessary to succeed in the faster paced passing heavy NFL. Heisman winners Charlie Ward (Florida State 1993) and Eric Crouch (Nebraska 2001) are two notable running quarterbacks in recent history that never took an NFL snap despite being at one time considered the best quarterbacks in college football.
The Wildcat offense which many notable NFL draft experts like Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay believe Tim Tebow is best suited for involves a formation which makes the player taking the shotgun snap a runner first and a passer second. The wrinkle which has been criticized by some analysts (including ESPN Monday Night Football commentator Jon Gruden) as being a gimmick play has spread throughout the NFL since the Miami Dolphins used it in 2008 to drafting services defeat the New England Patriots in a game where Dolphins direct snap taker Ronnie Brown scored five touchdowns. The offensive scheme that adds an extra blocker into the mix (by replacing the player formerly playing quarterback with an extra blocker for the ball carrier) has been wildly popular as every NFL team now carries some form of the Wildcat Offensive package.
Experts critical of the low and slow release that Tim Tebow has when he passes the ball still believe that a player with his size (6’3″ and 240 pounds), vision, decision making skills, and serviceable passing ability can be a difference maker as a draft pick for a team looking to get over hump that will likely look to take him in the second or third round of the April, 2010 NFL Draft.