While rumors and speculation that suggest a trade involving Donovan McNabb will happen have been cooled down a bit by the Quarterback's statements himself, as well as a continued display of confidence by the Philadelphia organization, it's still enjoyable this early in the offseason to take a look at various possibilities. And one of the most talked-about college players currently preparing for this weekend's Senior Bowl is the particular subject of this article based on a "possibility".
Again, while rumors have been--at least temporarily--silenced regarding the QB situation in Philly, the name of Tim Tebow has been mentioned several times with hints of the Eagles being involved. The Florida University graduate is one of the top passers set to enter March's 2010 NFL Draft, but because of a variety of factors, is not expected to be selected until the later part of the 1st round or even into the 2nd or 3rd round (which, by the way, happens to be wear the Eagles hold picks).
I am not necessarily suggesting that Tebow should or will be selected in the Draft (because clearly a new QB is not a necessity on the team), but his physical abilities and style of play emulates that of Donovan McNabb's in a few ways (which, I suppose, could be looked as both good and bad, but considering McNabb has been the franchise's best passer, it'd probably be looked at as positive). Tebow is not a very accurate passer, but finds ways to win games and often uses his running skills to keep plays alive and make contributions himself.
Besides that, McNabb and Tebow (pictured) both have striking similarities in their physical frames; Donovan measures 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds while Tim was last recorded as being 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds. They are also both strong leaders and classy celebrities on and off the field. Of course, many seem to think that Tebow will need at least 3 to 4 years of guidance and instruction in order to develop into a quality NFL Quarterback, and that would prove to be different than McNabb's career start in the pro league. Nevertheless, there are a variety of similarities between the two, and even though the Eagles are definitely not in need of a passer, you never know what will happen from now until the Draft; perhaps Tebow will be given some consideration.
McNabb commented on how Tebow has to follow what he did in ignoring pre-Draft criticisms, saying "I think what Tim has to do is continue to focus on his fundamentals. Don't watch TV. Don't listen to the radio and just try to improve each day. I think the Senior Bowl is a great platform to get out there and showcase his talents. Everyone is talking about different things about his throwing mechanics and things of that nature. Just work on his fundamentals and when the time comes I think he will be happy when he's drafted."
Once again, I will reiterate that--as of now-there is clearly no need for a new QB to be brought into town, but if something indeed changes (or even if it doesn't), it's interesting to see the similarities between Donovan McNabb and Tim Tebow. Could the Florida product be the next McNabb in Philadelphia? Maybe, or perhaps elsewhere in the league he could. We'll just have to wait and see.