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NFP has Tebow to Bills at 9!

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2010 – 3:05 pm

Well it’s not the first time I’ve seen a mock draft giving the Bills Tim Tebow, but it is the first time I’ve seen a prognosticator give the Bills Tebow in round one!

The National Football Post’s latest mock draft has Tebow to the Bills at pick nine overall. Here’s their explanation for the selection.

The Bills need to put fans in the seats and have had nothing but glowing remarks about Tebow and his leadership capabilities. In what could be the real surprise of the first round, Buffalo opts for Tebow at nine.

With all due respect to NFP’s Wes Bunting, while selling tickets is important to any NFL franchise Buffalo’s personnel department is not going to make a pick based on what will most positively affect ticket sales. Not the way GM Buddy Nix is building things anyway.

And yes the Bills have been positive in their comments about Tebow, but it doesn’t mean they think he can be a starter as a rookie. And if he’s not capable of being a starter as a rookie (which is the general consensus among the so called experts) with all that he is working on (throwing mechanics) and will have to work on (reading NFL coverages, adjusting to pro style offense) I can’t see the Bills using their pick at nine on Tebow.

As I’ve stated many times, the Bills have a lot of positional holes and they need to get immediate impact starters with their first two draft choices, similar to the way they did last year when they drafted Eric Wood, Jairus Byrd and Andy Levitre in the first two rounds last year and got them on the field quickly as impact starters, with Maybin soon to follow this year.

If there is the slightest margin for doubt that Tebow is not ready to be an NFL starter in year one of his pro career then there’s no way the Bills take him at nine.

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