Star Rating: Grade: 85
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Tebow is a naturally gifted athlete who has all the qualities of becoming a star at the next level. He has great size and strength, as well as an elite arm. He’s an accurate passer who hits his receivers in stride. He shows poise and toughness in the pocket and will wait until the last moment to pull the trigger or tuck and run. He possesses excellent vision and uses his footwork and strength to gain positive yards. He’s an outstanding leader and demonstrates high character on and off the field.
Weaknesses: He primarily worked out of the shotgun and will have to learn to take snaps under center. He has to work on his mechanics and learn a pro style offense. He has to rework his throwing motion and develop better footwork in the pocket. He locks onto his first read too often and doesn’t consistently look for his second and third reads. He’s taken a lot of hits over his career, and durability is an issue.Steuber Says: Tebow has had a storied career at the University of Florida. He’s a three-time All-American, a two-time winner of the Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year), a Heisman Trophy winner and a two-time National Champion. Now, it’s Tebow’s turn to show what he can do at the next level as a quarterback. He’s probably the most controversial prospect in draft history, because despite all of his accolades as a college quarterback, many believe Tebow has received his last snap. Tebow has what it takes to be a quarterback in the NFL, but it will take time. If he ends up in a situation where he can learn for a few years behind a quality veteran, he has a chance to develop. But if he’s forced to play right away in a bad situation, it’s a disaster waiting to happen.
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