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Tim Tebow Calls Out Mel Kiper Jr. About His Pro Future

One of the best questions of the college football season is how Tim Tebow will fit in the pro game. Lots of successful, running quarterbacks in college often have to switch positions in the NFL to find a job. Take a look at Matt Jones, Michael Robinson, and Brad Smith to name a few. While I don’t believe Tebow could do his thing in the NFL the way he does it in college, I still have to believe there’s some sort of place for him the pros. My main issue is that Tebow takes a lot of pounding already, but he can withstand the hits in the college game; he wouldn’t last two months doing the same thing against the heavy hitters in the big leagues. For some reason though, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is convinced Tebow’s future is as an H-Back, something Tebow’s not having any of as he said on ESPN Radio:

“You tell me this,” Tebow said to Kiper during the radio exchange. “What do you think I need to do to be an NFL quarterback? You tell me that.

“You’re just too good with the ball in your hands not to think, Could he be Frank Wycheck? Could he be Chris Cooley? That’s why,” Kiper said. “You’re too good, doing what you do, Tim, running with the football.”

Tebow replied, “The quarterback has the ball in his hands every play.”

Tebow’s right on, but it seems like Kiper chickened out not wanting to really call Tebow out to his face. Tebow will have plenty of doubters to prove wrong when he goes to the next level, and how and when he gets drafted will be a great question. The even better question is how the team that selects him chooses to utilize his talents. I’m still saying he won’t make it as a quarterback.

(via Ballhype)



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  • Gene

    Tim Tebow reminds me of a versatile Heisman winning quarterback of another era. This guy had the same college credentials as Tebow; he could run and pass equally well.

    He became a running back in the NFL, and was always a threat to throw the option pass. His name was Paul Hornung and he played on quite a few NFL championship teams.

  • http://neswsports.com ethanator1088

    I personally think that Tebow is one of the best college players of all time. They score 50-60 points with their eyes closed, and he does not run the ball nearly as much as he did last year.

    I say the kid is a phenom, and Kiper should admit that he has no example with which to judge him against.

  • Jacob

    Tebow is a great college QB, I will give him that. But where are his come-from-behind victories? He will never be a pocket QB in the NFL. And I can’t wait to see him fail. =)

  • SpinMax

    Ken Dorsey and Matt Leinert were great qbs too.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I’m surprised we haven’t gotten our obligatory, “why can’t we just enjoy Tebow for what he is?” comment.

  • Chris

    I am not a Tim Tebow fan, but I think he has something that is immeasurable… his competitiveness. Not that other players aren’t competitive, but he seems to be able to do whatever he needs to do to win (like the greatest players of all-time). I am interested to watch him grow into the kind of player he knows that he needs to be for the pros.