I think teams will look for a reason to draft Tebow, but he will have to have great stats at the combine.
My ultra preliminary top ten mock, brought to you by the Big 12:
1.Cle-Jake Locker(QB-Washington). I think Holmgren has some role in Cleveland and he would be familiar with Locker as somebody to build around.
3.StL-Jimmy Claussen(QB-Notre Dame)
4.Det-Russell Okung(OT-Oklahoma St)
9.Buf-Dez Bryant(WR-Oklahoma St)
The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.
As for Claussen I wouldn't touch him with an early pick. He has an arrogant streak that would scare me as a GM. The only QB in today's game that has an arrogant level that can even touch Claussen's is Rivers. I want the leader of my team to be confident yet humble. With the exception of Rivers you never see a top QB taunt the opposite sideline. I have seen Claussen do that numerous times.
Eric Berry laughs and spits at Taylor Mays being in front of him.
Berry is the truff. Reminds me of Ed Reed. The guy is always around the ball.
This QB class is the deepest of potential draft picks that we have seen since maybe the class that included Rivers and Manning. This class could literally go 8-10 deep of at least BACKUP ability. To the point where some team maybe really happy with a guy in the 3rd-4th round because theres just so many.
In no particular order:
Claussen (already declared)
Bradford (already declared)
Locker (if he declares)
Mallet (if he declares)
All 7 of these guys could be taken in the first 2 rounds.
Tebow is a floater in my eyes (depends on if he's willing to take a "slash" role to start and "earn" a qb job)
Snead (if he declares)
These 4 could very easily move up into that first group with impressive numbers at the combine and workouts.
One guy that I hope an NFL with a GOOD coaching staff takes a chance on is Jared Brown, the guy has all the physical tools he lacks the experience only starting this year at WVU, great charecter guy, will "wait his turn", and had arguably the biggest... (thinking of a word that won't get me in trouble with the mods)... morons in division 1 as his coach and offensive cordinator, plus a concussion vs Marshall really affected his season.
The reason I put Mays at Oakland is because it is an Al Davis pick. Think Derrius Heyward-Bey over Michael Crabtree.
I also think this will be the year that the Bengals will invest in a QB somewhere in rounds 2-4. The defense really has no holes, but I think you will see the offense get some looks in this years draft. I would be ecstatic with Mardy Gilyard in the first and Jevan Snead possibly falling to the second. Might be a pipe dream though.
While this QB class may lack luster, the same players didn't lack much luster last season. Bradford was a #1 pick and McCoy was a late round 1 guy early 2 guy. Its amazing how one year can change so much. I also would be wary of "great" classes and "average" classes. Too much is decided based on snap judgments instead of longer term projections.
As for Mays I wouldn't be surprised if Oakland takes him. I think he deserves to go in the mid to late 1st round but I think his combine will be great and he will move into the top 10, perfect for Al Davis.