NFC West: Where Tim Tebow might land

March, 2, 2010
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Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is working to refine his throwing motion. Will he play QB or some other position in the NFL? Let’s assess his chances of landing in the NFC West.

Arizona Cardinals: Matt Leinart is the only quarterback on the Cardinals' roster, so I wouldn't rule out Tebow entirely. Arizona does need numbers at the position. Also, coach Ken Whisenhunt has shown flexibility in finding ways to work unconventional players into his offense. He has used safety Antrel Rolle as a Wildcat quarterback. He found a role for rookie running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (two starts, 16 touches) last season even though Stephens-Howling is only 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds. I'm sure Whisenhunt and his offensive staff could find ways to maximize what Tebow offers, even though Tebow isn't a conventional quarterback. But with the Cardinals potentially facing significant personnel losses and the Final Eight rules limiting their options in free agency, I question whether they could justify taking Tebow in the first few rounds.

Draft probability: Low.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers have strongly advocated a best-player-available philosophy in the draft, and their quarterback situation is far from settled for the long term. "Again, a good football player is a good football player," general manager Scot McCloughan said at the NFL combine. "It's the reason why he's been successful. You can't lose sight of the intangibles he brings with him. There's no reason why he can't be successful in the NFL. You look at Philip Rivers and his release, and everybody will make fun of that and say things about that, but it doesn't matter. All that counts is what he does on the field and does he win games -- that's what you get measured by. And that's all he's done." The 49ers have a good defense and several key pieces in place on offense. They also have two first-round choices. That might make it easier for them to consider Tebow later in the draft.

Draft probability: Medium.

St. Louis Rams: The Rams' viability as a landing spot for Tebow hinges in part on whether the team drafts Sam Bradford first overall. If the Rams do not select Bradford, they could be in the market for a quarterback later in the draft. Tebow could conceivably factor into the discussion at that point. His selection would certainly provide some buzz for an organization that has had problems selling out the Edward Jones Dome. One question to consider, though, is whether Tebow's shortcomings would make it tough for him to become a precision passer in Pat Shurmur's West Coast offense.

Draft probability: Medium.

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks already have a veteran starter in Matt Hasselbeck and I question whether the could justify taking an early round flier on such an unpolished quarterback. General manager John Schneider does believe in drafting quarterbacks somewhat frequently, an approach that sometimes worked for the Packers when Schneider was in Green Bay. With Seattle needing to rebuild its lines on both sides of the ball, and with the offense lacking every-down playmakers, selecting Tebow might be a luxury the team can't afford.

Draft probability: Low.

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