Broncos pull surprise, trade up to take Tebow

Wow! Tim Tebow to Denver … in the first round. Tebow said all it would take is for one team to fall in love with him and the Broncos must have been smitten. After a series of trades, the Broncos gave up a second-, third- and fourth-round pick to Baltimore to move up to No. 25 to get to Tebow.

The fact that Tebow went in the first round — ahead of Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy – shows that Denver, and coach Josh McDaniels, feel that Tebow can be their quarterback in a year or two. Brady Quinn or Kyle Orton will hold things down this season, but McDaniels must feel he can tutor Tebow in that time like he did with Matt Cassel in New England.

The fact that Denver uses somewhat of a spread system should make Tebow’s transition much simpler than it would have been if the Florida product had been selected by another team – another team that likely would not have chosen Tebow before the second round.

In addition, the Broncos used their earlier first-round pick at No. 22 on Georgia Tech wide receiver DeMaryius Thomas. Thomas is physically a relative clone of Brandon Marshall, who was traded to Miami last week.

The one thing about both of the players Denver drafted is they are hungry because of questions about their ability to play at the NFL level. Thomas comes from an option system at Georgia Tech and didn’t get thrown to too often. He’s a big-play receiver who averaged 25-yards a catch last season. While Thomas couldn’t do much running in postseason workouts because of a broken foot, that wasn’t a deterrent.

Tebow, as has been well documented, has been heavily scrutinized because of his awkward throwing mechanics and for the system he played in at Florida.

This will be a popular draft in Denver. It remains to be seen if it will be a productive one.

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