"Because People in the Mid-West Will Get Excited About the Jaguars"
For the record, I believe in drafting Tebow as long as he is BAP (if and when) he is determined to be picked by Gene Smith. Where that is? Definitely not at #10 and probably not until Round 3, but anyway.... I had a good conversation with two co-workers (Gator Homers) who declared that the Jaguars should take Tim Tebow at #10. They were off the wagon for the last two months, but since watching the Jon Gruden interview and reports of his new throwing motion, are convinced that Tebow is worth the #10 pick. So an argument pursued and went back and forth. The argument was that it would be good for the Jags to draft Tebow b/c it would bring excitement for Jacksonville. Not too hard to argue, but how does that translate to wins? Back and forth some more and then the next point was that people in the mid-West would start to follow the Jaguars b/c they follow Tim Tebow and they would buy jerseys. Same question, how does that translate into wins? So some guy in Iowa buys a Tim Tebow jersey and that solves all the problems for the franchise? What is the logic in that? My answer is winning solves the problems, not jersey sales, so get players who help you win and not gamble on a player who has to fundamentally change his entire throwing motion. So back and forth some more and the final point was to look at what LeBron James did for the Cleveland Cavilers. They were a small market team, now everyone knows who LeBron is and the Cavs are a great NBA team and the same thing would happen here in Jacksonville. At that point, I didn't feel like arguing anymore. What are you supposed to say to that? Feel free to post the best reason to draft Tebow that you have ever heard, though think it might be hard to top this one!