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Tebow's throwing motion still needs work

Updated: September 16, 2009, 4:49 PM ET
By Todd McShay
After easing through the first two weeks of the season things begin to heat up for Florida's offense this week. The Gators will face a tougher test against Tennessee's defense than it did against College of Charleston and Troy, and this week is when we will get a better sense of QB Tim Tebow's progression as a passer.

Tebow still has much to prove in terms of decision-making and overall accuracy, and one thing we have noticed over the first two weeks of the season is that his deliver is still extremely slow by NFL standards. His second-quarter touchdown pass to Riley Cooper in the 56-6 rout of Troy is a perfect example.

First, Tebow threw the ball into double coverage and was lucky one defensive back slipped and that Cooper was significantly taller than the other defender in the area. More importantly, though, Tebow very obviously cocked the ball back and had to deliver it in a windmill fashion that just will not be acceptable in the eyes of NFL scouts.

There are far more examples in recent years of quarterbacks who have tried but been unable to shorten their deliveries than those who have done it successfully. Former Clemson QB Cullen Harper did it last season before the Senior Bowl, but even that did not help him. And former Kentucky QB Andre Woodson lost two rounds on draft day in 2008 after teams put him under the microscope at the Senior Bowl and he had problems tweaking his delivery.

Tebow's evaluation will be one of the toughest in recent years for pro scouts. Some we've talked to have him as high as the first round and others indicate they wouldn't take him any higher than the fourth. We believe Tebow will come off the board early and would be shocked if he lasts beyond the second round because of his versatility as a potential Wildcat quarterback and potential to play an H-back role.

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