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Michael Taylor 22nd Apr 2010 - 12:30

Bradford a lock at one, Tebow’s future far more uncertain in the NFL Draft

Today one of the mostly hotly debated events in the American sporting calendar comes to a head as the very best NCAA talent descends upon Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the 75th annual NFL draft.

Whether it's who will be drafted first, where Christian warrior Tim Tebow will end up or whether Detroit will finally get some great defence, everything will be answered over the coming few days.

Of course all eyes will be on the St Louis Rams as they attempt to re-build the brand that was heralded as 'The Greatest Show on Turf' a decade ago, and they'll look to get the show on the road by bringing in one of the key pieces with the first overall pick.

It seems little is left to the imagination though with Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's name having been bandied around even more frequently than the volcanic ash cloud in recent weeks.

It's not hard to see why after a storied career with the Sooners and an unbelievable performance in the Combine plus the Rams offence, to put it succinctly, sucks.

Great teams need great leaders and there isn't one person associated with the NFL or NCAA who would argue that Bradford doesn't have the complete skills set while also boasting a range of intangibles that could one day see him emulating the likes of Peyton Manning.

Such is the closed nature of the first pick debate that William Hill's price of 1/20 about Bradford as number one actually doesn't actually look such bad value - surely not every mock draft can be wrong!

However, something far more uncertain is how well the Florida Gators' megastar quarterback Tim Tebow will fare.

For years and years Tebow has troubled the mock drafters with few knowing just what to make of his leadership qualities and work ethic.

He lead the Gators to consecutive BCS National Championships, broke various NCAA scoring records and became one of the most recognisable faces in America - the problem is the NFL is a whole different kettle of fish.

He'll be without the spread offence that allowed him to thrive and, to be perfectly honest, his skill set is no where near the level of some of the other talent in his position such as Bradford, Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy.

Potentially he could be a first round pick if any General Managers can see a way to get him on to the gridiron, however with Bill Belichick's Patriots dominating the second round he could be poised to play deputy for Tom Brady while also getting the chance to run some plays.

Realistically though I can't see Tebow as a first rounder giving the 11/10 about him being selected later than the 39th overall pick look great value - although it will be a nervous wait to Friday when the second round happens.



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