Yes, there are still seven months to get through before the NFL draft rolls around. Yes, Florida still has the rest of the regular season and postseason in front of them.
That, however, hasn’t stopped the groundswell of Tebow Mania already hitting Jacksonville.
Sagging attendance in a city that could seemingly take it or leave it when it comes to NFL football depending on which way the wind is blowing has left the Jacksonville Jaguars searching for a franchise savior and an injection of energy into the fan base. Enter St. Timothy.
According to Jaguars’ owner Wayne Weaver, drafting Tim Tebow is something that he would definitely consider, if for nothing more than what the hometown boy would bring to the box office.
“Star power is incredible, and Tebow is an iconic figure,” Weaver told the Associated Press, noting that Brett Favre’s arrival in Minnesota prompted about 7,000 season-ticket sales. “That’s very compelling. He clearly is an outstanding football player and would be an asset to any football organization.”
Just where Tebow would land in the NFL draft is still a long way from being determined. As with just about every other team, the Jaguars’ evaluations on just what type of player Tebow can be in the NFL are likely littered with incomplete’s and uncertainties. And that will likely remain the case as wind through the season and well into the Indy combine and private workouts that are bound to fill Tebow’s late winter itinerary.
Still to be determined as well is just where the Jaguars will fall in the draft order, and if they’ll even get the opportunity to take a shot at the Florida quarterback.
What can’t be argued is the kind of effect Tebow would have on Jacksonville’s bottom line both at the gate and in merchandising.
Would he be able to come down from on high and save a floundering franchise? Nobody knows, but it seems like the Jaguars will give serious thought to allowing him to attempt it.