Is Florida quarterback Tim Tebow a surefire NFL starter or a hopeless case of a college star who can’t make it at the next level? Count NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock as one expert who thinks the answer is somewhere in the middle.
Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show, Mayock told guest host Rich Eisen that Tebow has a lot of work to do on fundamentals and is “way out of whack on his footwork.”
But that’s not to say Mayock thinks Tebow can’t do that work and become a successful NFL player. In Mayock’s view, some team should take Tebow with the plan to give him a year or two holding a clipboard and working with a good quarterback coach.
“If you’re ever going to take a chance on a kid,” Mayock said, “this is the kid.”
Ultimately, Mayock said, it’s a weak year for quarterbacks, and even in this weak year, Tebow isn’t at the head of the class.
“I didn’t even want to talk about the kid, to be honest with you, because I think other people deserve as much attention as he does,” Mayock said. “I don’t think there is a Top 10 quarterback in this class.”
So if we’re not focusing on quarterbacks, which players should we be talking about instead? Eisen asked Mayock about Evan Silva’s PFT post noting that Mayock has Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy ahead of Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh. Mayock said those are the guys we should all be paying attention to — in Mayock’s view, McCoy and Suh are by far the two best players in the draft.