Scouting Report: Tim Tebow

Written by Will Spencer on January 8, 2010




Tim Tebow


Position: QB School: Florida
Height: 6’2 3/4" Weight: 236 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.72

Overall Grade:

6.19

Draft Projection:

2nd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 6
Quickness/Agility 10 7.5
Strength/Explosion 10 7.5
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 8
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 6
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 8


Quarterback Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Decision Making 10 5.5
Arm Strength 7 3.5
Accuracy 10 5.5
Mechanics/Footwork 7 3
Mobility 6 5
Release Quickness 8 4.5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

The intangibles that Tebow brings to the table are second to none. An outstanding competitor that knows what it takes to win. Tebow is durable, tough and unafraid of contact. Very thick build, which has helped with the many hits he has taken throughout his college career. Athletic player who can provide some versatility at the next level. Work ethic, leadership and character are outstanding. An NFL team will have absolutely no off-field issues with Tebow. Shows mental toughness and has performed at high levels, even in big games. Decent, but not elite arm strength. Shows decent accuracy on short to intermediate routes. A true threat to run the ball that defenders will have to respect. Not the quickest runner, but runs smart, showing excellent vision and strength. Above average pocket presence. Tebow is hard for defenders to bring down and can get the ball out of his hands, even with a defender wrapped around him.

Weaknesses

Mechanics are poor. Tebow has an elongated throwing motion, taking the ball in a low, wind-up motion. Tebow also has a low delivery (3/4). Has a serious tendency to stare down primary receivers. Needs to do a better job going through his progressions instead of running when primary read is unavailable. Comes from a unique offensive scheme that runs a lot of inside option plays, and spreads wide receivers out. Offensive scheme also gave Tebow large spaces to throw the ball, which won’t be there in the NFL. Accuracy is marginal. Many throws are not in stride with the receiver, forcing them to change their direction and/or slow down. Deep throws tend to hang in the air and have little accuracy. Has a hard time with putting touch on the ball and changing passing speed/power. Tebow tends to get “happy feet” in the pocket and will often run instead of keeping eyes down field. Took very, very limited snaps from under center (single digit throughout career) and will need to show the ability to do so. Hasn’t been required to read defenses like he will in the NFL and has struggled against pro-style defenses like Tennessee in 2009 and Alabama.

Analysis

Tebow could very well go down as the best college football player of all time, but that doesn’t mean his success will translate to the NFL. Tebow may get drafted on intangibles alone, which are off the charts. However, intangibles will only get you so far in the NFL. Tim has a lot to learn about the actual quarterback position but has the character and work ethic to make it happen. Tebow may benefit from playing in an H-Back type role in the NFL and has the athletic ability to do so. Will greatly benefit from going to an NFL team with a veteran quarterback that is the established starter. Could make things interesting as a “Wild Cat” type player, similar to what Kordell Stewart was able to do years ago in Pittsburgh. There is no doubt that NFL teams will fall in love with Tebow during the interview process. Leadership, work ethic, high character, no off-field issues and a willingness to do what is best for the team are easy traits to fall in love with. However, once scouts look at the tape, they’ll see a great deal of issues with Tebow’s game as a quarterback. If Tebow shows the willingness to play positions other than quarterback, he may actually be drafted higher than graded. If NFL teams grade Tebow specifically on his abilities as a quarterback, he should expect a much later phone call on draft weekend. I will say this: If I were running an NFL team, I would want Tebow on it. However, I wouldn’t be willing to spend a first round pick to get him. A late 2nd? Sure.

Experience

Tebow was a three year starter at Florida and saw playing time in every game as a freshman.

Awards and Honors

2009: Heisman trophy candidate. William Campbell Trophy Winner (Best Scholar-athlete). Maxwell Award finalist (Most Outstanding Player). Davey O’Brien Award Finalist (Best Quarterback). 2nd team AP All-American.
2008: Manning Award Winner. Maxwell Award Winner. Heisman Trophy finalist. Davey O’Brien Finalist. Walter Camp Award finalist. AP Offensive Player of the Year. SEC Offensive Player of the Year. AP 3rd team All-American.
2007: Heisman Trophy Winner. Davey O’Brien Award Winner. Maxwell Award Winner. Manning Award finalist. 1st Team AP All-American. SEC Offensive Player of the year.
2006: All-SEC Freshman team nominee. Sporting News All-Freshman Team selection.

Academics

Family, Youth and Community Sciences major at Florida.

Injuries

Very durable overall. Suffered serious concussion against Kentucky in 2009, but didn’t miss a game due to bye week.


Career Stats
Year Comp Att % Yards TD INT Sacks Rush Yds Rush TD
2009 213 314 67.8 2895 21 5 29 910 14
2008 192 298 64.4 2746 30 4 15 673 12
2007 234 350 66.9 3286 32 6 13 895 23
2006 22 33 66.7 358 5 1 0 469 8







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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.