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Experts debate Tim Tebow’s future as a pro quarterback

By Jake Trotter Published: December 27, 2008
ESPN’s NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has been a vocal skeptic about Tim Tebow’s chances of playing quarterback in the NFL.

So vocal, in fact, that Tebow recently called in to Kiper’s radio show to express his displeasure with Kiper’s assessment.

"You tell me this,” Tebow reportedly told Kiper, who thinks Tebow has a better chance of making it in the NFL as a tight end. "What do you think I need to do to be an NFL quarterback? You tell me that.”

Kiper’s response:

"You’re just too good with the ball in your hands not to think, Could he be Frank Wycheck? Could he be Chris Cooley? That’s why. You’re too good, doing what you do, Tim, running with the football. You’re just too good with the ball in your hands.”

Kiper’s counterpart, ESPN analyst Todd McShay, however, agrees that Tebow’s prospects in the NFL as a quarterback aren’t good.

McShay recently told The Oklahoman he didn’t think Tebow would be drafted in the first three rounds — at least as a quarterback — if he decided to enter the 2009 NFL Draft.

Tebow has not publicly announced whether he will do that, or return to Florida for his senior season.

By Jake Trotter

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