Tebow is an easy target. He's raw and religious, and these days he has more doubters than supporters. But the one thing fantasy owners can appreciate is Tebow's desire to succeed and his ability to close himself off from the negativity that surrounds him.
One of college football's greatest all-time players, and a member of two national title teams at the University of Florida, the 236-pound dual-threat quarterback became the first underclassman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2009. Tebow was also a strong candidate in each of the next two seasons while guiding his Gators to a 26-2 record.
Heading into the '10 NFL draft, scouts criticized every part of his passing motion, bringing into question his ability to play quarterback at the next level. Tebow worked through those mechanical concerns, however, and convinced Denver's brass he was worth the risk. It's difficult to know whether coach Josh McDaniels' ego got in the way of his judgment when the team made Tebow the No. 25 pick. Based on past success, McDaniels may believe he can turn water into wine at the quarterback position, just like Mike Shanahan believed he could do with Denver running back prospects. Fantasy owners are curious if Tebow is going to become a Terrell Davis, or a Maurice Clarett ...
Dissecting the depth chart: Before bringing in Tebow, McDaniels and company acquired unwanted Browns quarterback Brady Quinn to compete with starter Kyle Orton. Fantasy owners can still expect Orton and Quinn to be the main spectacle in training camp, but Tebow's presence will certainly complicate matters (if not become a distraction). Regardless of who wins the job, many believe the Broncos will use Tebow the same way Florida did during his freshman campaign, when they inserted him for Chris Leak in short yardage and goal line situations. Mostly, having Tebow gives Denver an option for the future, and it will give both Orton and Quinn a reason to constantly look over their shoulder.
Just the stats: Over the last three seasons Tebow managed to throw 83 touchdown passes as compared to just 15 interceptions in Florida's low-risk passing game. He also scored 57 rushing touchdowns during his collegiate career, and gained nearly 1,000 rushing yards in both his sophomore and senior seasons. His best individual game performance for the Gators may have been his last -- 482 yards on 31 of 35 passing, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was one of just five 300-yard passing efforts during his career.
Rookie comparison from 2009: None
Tebow is a unique fantasy prospect. He is neither a traditional quarterback nor utility player, and so finding a fair comparison is nearly impossible. Fantasy owners may wish to consider Kordell Stewart's rookie season (1995) instead. That year, "Slash" attempted just seven passes, carried the ball 15 times and caught 14 balls.
Interesting fact that won't help you: The NCAA is considering a rule (dubbed the Tebow Rule) that will prohibit players from putting messages in their eye black. Tebow occasionally placed Bible passages in his eye black during his time at Florida.
What he's worth: At this point, Tebow has minimal value in standard leagues because he has little chance of elevating to the starting lineup in his first season. Tebow will see the field and score points, but it will be difficult for fantasy owners to gauge when.
Even in dynasty leagues, Tebow is a long shot to become a steady fantasy producer down the road.