With the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select...Tim Tebow, quarterback from the University of Florida.
Yes, you read that right...Tim Tebow.
Tebow helped Florida win two national championships in the Gators' run-heavy system, but many have wondered whether he was worthy of a first-round selection because his skills may not translate to some NFL teams' passing-centric offenses.
Josh McDaniels is betting they will.
Tebow, he said, "has all the traits you're looking for in terms of toughness, competitiveness, he's intelligent, he's won a lot of games, he's a leader, he works hard, he's got all the intangibles you look for in a player at that position."
To get Tebow, the Broncos gave up a second round pick, 43rd overall, a third round pick, number 70 overall, and a fourth round pick, leaving Denver without a draft pick in Saturday's fourth round.
Denver retains three picks on the second day of the draft. They pick in the second round at the 45th overall pick, and they chose 80th and 87th overall in the third round.
Although it's highly unlikely he'll be the starting quarterback in five months' time, Tebow will begin his NFL career Sept. 12 in his hometown of Jacksonville when the Broncos play the Jaguars in the season opener.
Right now he's behind Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn and maybe even Tom Brandstater at quarterback.
"Our starting quarterback is Kyle Orton," McDaniels said. "And if somebody performs better than Kyle Orton, that changes. But right now it hasn't."
McDaniels hopes he found the long-term replacement for Jay Cutler. In his rookie season as a head coach, McDaniels feuded with Cutler a year ago and traded him to Chicago.
With his athleticism, Tebow could play other positions -- say, tight end or on special teams -- and he could be used in wildcat formations right away to take advantage of his running prowess even if he doesn't supplant Orton.
"Tim's a player that's capable of doing different things. Could be a game-plan type thing if we determine is best early in his career," McDaniels said. "He's a guy that gives you an opportunity to create some packages like that and if you want to do that, then you can get creative."
Although he has started to correct his sidearm throwing motion, Tebow will have to adjust to taking snaps under center and dropping back while dodging the pass rush after operating almost exclusively out of the shotgun in college.
Tebow's mechanics and throwing motion were dissected ad nauseam in the weeks leading up to the draft, and he insisted he embraced the critiques and criticism.
"I loved it, because it was so much football," Tebow said. "I enjoyed that. I enjoyed the working process and all the critics and negativity, it only pushed me that much more and made me work that much harder. I can honestly say that I think that made me better.
"I think that was a positive thing for me, to be honest with you. I believed in myself. I believed in the people that are around me and supporting me. I thank my quarterback coaches, for the work they put in, in constantly getting better," Tebow said.
He said he took the scrutiny to heart and tried to adjust his mechanics accordingly because "I wanted to show that I wanted to get better, but also was coachable, was humble enough to take coaching, to learn to do what someone says. I think that's something I tried to show and feel I showed with Coach McDaniels and the staff there."
The Broncos last selected a quarterback in the first round in 2006 when they took Jay Cutler fron Vanderbilt.
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