Mayock: Tebow has work to do but may be worth the risk

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.

36 responses to “Mayock: Tebow has work to do but may be worth the risk

  1. No Top 10 Quarterback…Snyder just may insist on paying somebody like one anyway…

  2. I watched the Senior Bowl on DVR last night. You’d have thought Tebow was the second coming of Elway by the pre-game show hype on NFLN. The post-game show (not surprisingly), not so much.

  3. OK, I’m not a football expert or anything, but I don’t think anybody should right off Tebow just yet. Given the right coach, I think it’s possible he can play at an NFL level.
    But he’s not a first round pick, and not an immediate starter.

  4. The Jags will take Tebow in the 2nd Round simply to generate ticket sales. If they don’t start selling tickets in Jacksonville, the team is gone. That is by far their biggest need.
    And there is no way Shanahan lets a QB fall past him in the first round, whether it be Clausen or Bradford. He will probably like Clausen because he is a lot like Jay Cutler. Cocky QB with big arm.

  5. Good to see Mayock getting some more pub. He is great. In fact, the entire NFL Network’s coverage is so much better than the tired stuff ESPN runs out there. I would love to see Mayock kick McShay’s no nothing ass in a cage fight.

  6. WOW really…all this kid did was win and all you so called experts do is put him down. He will prove all you wrong and be an outstanding QB in the NFL.

  7. For what its worth, I have to agree with Mayock. Though its not even debatable at this point whether or not he’s ready to take over an NFL team, I do believe that if anyone has a willingness to learn and devote himself to the improvement of his game, its him.
    i think this KID (any everyone needs to realize he’s just that) is keenly aware of the plethora of criticisms regarding his ability. But I think one thing we all seem to overlook is his character and commitment. I think he has enough of both to do the necessary things to BECOME ready for the NFL. Everyone is so enamored with rookie starting QBs that we forget that such a phenomenon is EXTREMELY RARE and only happens in the most perfect of storms.
    That said, I think Mayock is right on the money with his assertion that a team with a minimum of two years to burn/wait AND a proven, quality QB coach should take a chance on the kid. Whats the worse that can happen, you end up with one hell of an athlete that can/will contribute in many other ways.

  8. The problem Tebow faces in the NFL is that he won’t be able to run people over like he did in college. His foot speed was shockingly poor in the Senior Bowl, and it’s hard to see why a team would want to spend all those resources trying to rebuild a guy when they can simply draft a more NFL ready QB elsewhere. Tebow is a mid-round pick at best, and even then you better make sure you have an extra pick in that round just to cover yourself.

  9. I agree, NFLN’s coverage is much better. And Mayock is much easier to listen to than Kiper.

  10. Tebow has poor footwork and his release is slow. These are major no-no’s in the NFL game. QB’s must maneuver to throwing lanes and then quickly get the ball through lanes and into windows. A slow release gives defenders a chance to break on the ball and linemen a chance to put their hands up in the window.
    But I think Tebow’s overall arm strength is good enough. He is a pretty smart player. I think his accuracy is better than some say but still not all the way there. He has the guts, determination, and leadership qualities though which certainly is a plus. And perhaps he is a good enough athelete to play TE if he busts at QB but I sort of doubt it.
    Someone will probably splurge a 3rd round pick or better on him but personally I think he’s more of a 4th or 5th round type draft choice. Likely won’t make it as QB but too much pedigree to not get drafted by someone willing to take a chance.
    Taking a chance on Tebow, who has the intangibles but lacks some tangibles is just as risky as taking a Tavaris Jackson or Daunte Culpepper where they have the physical tools but have never proven anything in a big program with high stakes and physical competition.

  11. xacvol:
    Problem with taking a safety is that if you have no pass rush, it doesn’t matter how good your corners and safeties are. And at the top of the board are teams with no pass rush. I know, I’ve been watching the Lions have no pass rush for 22 years.

  12. Chris: Everyone is putting him down because the guy couldn’t take a snap under center at the SENIOR BOWL. How do you expect him to take a snap in the NFL like that? Where guys are 10x faster and stronger. Tebow will be what Eric Crouch was. A GREAT college QB and a non factor at the next level. As someone said above, he’ll go in the 2nd round to the Jags for ticket sales only. But even that novelty will wear off after a year.

  13. I do love Mayock too, but he’ll always be the guy that said:
    “JaMarcus Russell’s ceiling is as high as any quarterback I have seen coming out of college since John Elway.”

  14. xacvol says:
    February 9, 2010 2:06 PM
    Eric Berry is the best player available, but cant go top 3 as a saftey.
    Right after Ndamkong Suh. He should go top 3 as an all-around playmaker. I don’t understand why the safeties in today’s game are so under-appreciated and underpaid. The top safeties do so much for their teams. Look what Polamalu does for the Steelers. Berry can play deep or be the eighth guy in the box (and be great at both). He can also cover the slot receiver and return kicks.
    Gerald McCoy is an “under” tackle in a 4-3 only.

  15. Mayock is the same guy who had a pissing match with Schefter during the draft a few years ago because he didn’t think Randy Moss to the Pats was worth talking about. He’d rather talk about some obscure 6th round corner who won’t make a roster. In the end, they all have talent, it comes down to maturity and systems so I wouldn’t put too much stock into what he says

  16. Just like with Job, God and Satan are gambling with Tebow to see how well a righteous man can keep his faith after all the glory has been taken from him, or maybe Jesus got tired of helping him.

  17. @ Chris
    All Andre Ware, Tim Couch, Ryan Leaf, etc did was win in College as well. How did their NFL careers work out?
    And yes, NFL Network does pretty much everything better than ESPN when it comes to Football.

  18. How many Florida QB’s have been successful as a QB in the NFL? I think he can play at the next level just not as a QB or a huge impact player. He’ll be average.

  19. This “kid” – Tebow – is old enought to be a father or be fighting in Afghanistan. College seniors are not “kids” – although they often act like it.

  20. why is he “worth the risk”…and PLEASE don’t say leadership ability. We are talking about grown a55 men in this league not a bunch of boys not getting paid….

  21. SterilizeTHenry,
    Cutler is nothing like Clausen. Cutler has A+ arm strength while Clausen is a C arm strength guy. Cutler has B+ athleticism for the position, Clausen is D+ in athleticism. The only thing similar is their college teams’ records. But Cutler was at Vandy and Clausen was at Notre Dame. Clausen is a horrible choice in the first round.

  22. Lets look at this for a minute…Danny Weurfel, Rex Grossman, Chris Leak…Ryan Leaf, Heath Shuler, Gino Torretta, Chris Simms, Jason White, etc….I could go on forever. All had exceptional college careers, but how many of them made it in the NFL? Tebow is no different, in fact, he has probably a bigger chance of flopping because all he dose is run the ball. He may have had a few good passing games, but his success was with his legs. Draft him, yes!, but not as a quarterback. HE WILL NOT BE A SUCCESSFUL QB AT THE NFL LEVEL…PERIOD!!!!!!!!!

  23. For Tebow, it all comes down to attitude. If the team that drafts him goes out and gets a very good QB coach and he listens to what he has to say, works hard on his weakness and in the film room, he can be an NFL QB. Too many guys want to work with their strengths and not their weaknesses and if he has that attitude, he’ll be out of the league in a couple of years – ticket sales or no.

  24. “chris says: February 9, 2010 1:51 PM
    WOW really…all this kid did was win and all you so called experts do is put him down. He will prove all you wrong and be an outstanding QB in the NFL.”
    Ken Dorsey couldn’t agree with you more.

  25. Meh, maybe in the third round. He better watch his crying though…he’ll get a blanket party if he does that in the NFL.

  26. “The Ryan Leaf is better than Peyton Manning” voters out there approve, too.
    Tebow is a system QB. Remember Graham Harrell? Set the world on fire and he’s playing for…
    the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL.

  27. “WOW really…all this kid did was win and all you so called experts do is put him down. He will prove all you wrong and be an outstanding QB in the NFL.”
    I know…..and all Matt Leinart ever did in college is win as well……and experts are STILL knocking him!!! Why isn’t Danny Wuerffel heading for the f-ing hall of fame??

  28. I don’t understand how Graham Harrell went undrafted. Certainly he’s worth a 5th round pick by somebody. System or not, he knows how to throw a football. He reminds me of Kurt Warner. He’s 6’3″ and 205. Who would you rather have at QB, Chris Simms, JaMarcus Russell or Graham Harrell?

  29. Graham Harrell couldn’t throw a 15 yard pass, I mean he couldn’t. It hit the turf. 32 teams were correct on him.

  30. This just proves the guy knows nothing at all. You cant be a a draft guru and say maybe. Its either yes or no and the fact that he wont say it takes away all his credibility in other situation.
    Hes like a psychic he doesnt actually know anything he just says things that can be interpreted a 100 different ways so that when a player does good someone can say see Mayock said it and if that same player did bad someone else would say see Mayock said it. He uses word games and odds when he talks.
    He knows the odds are it will be hard to prove whether McCoy or Suh does better as long as its close. So he says McCoy will be better because he knows it will get him talked about without ever really going out on a limb. Hes doing the same thing with Tebow.
    The guy is a fraud until a “draft guru” comes out and speaks in black and white yes and no type answers I will continue to think of each one of them as a Ms. Cleo.
    At least Sean Salsbury had some balls(pun intended) and went out on a limb speaking in definites. I respect him for taking the risk of being wrong more then Mayock.

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