They moved quickly upon spotting him, but it wasn’t a member of concession staff at Lucas Oil Stadium bringing in more sandwiches for a hungry group of reporters.
It was the arrival of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow on Friday, a Heisman Trophy winner who led the Gators to two national titles, but is considered perhaps the fifth best quarterback in this year’s draft and a likely second or third-round pick.
Members of the media hurried toward Tebow and jostled for position as he made his way to the podium.
“Some guy named Tebow at Podium C,” announced a member of the league’s public relations crew, making light of the obvious.
Tebow was his usual charming self as he graciously answered questions from reporters for over 20 minutes. He will be doing everything but throwing at the scouting combine this week, choosing to wait until his Florida pro day in mid-March as he goes through a makeover to shorten up his elongated throwing delivery with former NFL coaches Sam Wyche and Marc Trestman.
“It’s more like a tweak,” Tebow said, when describing the throwing change. “It’s not necessarily a change in my whole throwing motion.”
Tebow will be trying to impress NFL coaches and general managers like Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren, who knows a thing or two about coaching quarterbacks.
Holmgren, who is focused fixing the Browns quarterback situation, said Tebow has a place in the league.
“Do you want a Tim Tebow on your football team? I think absolutely,” Holmgren said. “You need guys like that, players like that. I love him as a young man and as a player. It’s just how he will translate into to our league.”
Adam Schefter of ESPN writes about Tebow’s prospects as a pro quarterback here.
The NFL Network is streaming the action live here.
Looks like more bad news for Texas quarterback Colt McCoy. An MRI revealed further damage to his throwing shoulder.
Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell posted a 4.78 in the 40-yard dash. I saw this guy on Friday and he’s chiseled for an offensive tackle. If he continues to have a good day Campbell could move up the draft board, but he’s still raw in terms of playing left tackle in the league.
LSU returner Trindon Holliday ran a 4.27 and 4.32 in the 40-yard dash.
NFL Network analyst and former NFL executive Charley Casserly calls this year’s draft the best first round in terms of talent he’s seen since 1983. That 1983 class produced six Hall of famers.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated predicts San Francisco will make the playoffs this season.