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Tebow: New delivery 'more like a tweak'

INDIANAPOLIS--Tim Tebow seems to draw plenty of attention wherever he goes, and that certainly was the case here Friday at the NFL scouting combine as reporters crowded around a podium in the interview room when it was Tebow's turn to speak.

The former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the University of Florida arrived at the combine while still in the process of overhauling his throwing mechanics in an attempt to convince NFL decision-makers that he is ready to thrive at the professional level.

Some talent evaluators seemed convinced that Tebow's delivery was too long and slow for him to succeed against the faster defenses that he will face in the NFL, and his performance at the recent Senior Bowl produced mostly negative reviews. In reaction, Tebow has been working to shorten and quicken his delivery, holding the ball higher to start his throwing motion from behind his head instead of from his hip.

"I'm working on it," Tebow said. "I'm making some adjustments and just trying to improve my fundamentals as best I can.... It's more like a tweak. It's not like I'm changing my whole mechanics."

Tebow isn't scheduled to participate in the throwing drills at the combine, so NFL scouts will have to wait for his pro-day workout to see the new delivery.

"I'm not scared of what people are going to say," Tebow said. "... That's one of the great parts of sports, overcoming obstacles and barriers along the way."

There has been some speculation that Tebow perhaps could be asked to play another position--maybe tight end--in the NFL. He said he would do whatever he's asked to do, but playing another position would not be his preference.

"My dream is to be a quarterback, and I'm going to pursue that as much as I can," Tebow said.

He won two national championships in addition to a Heisman while in college, and he is drawing far more scrutiny during the pre-draft buildup than many players projected to be chosen long before him on draft day.

Tebow said he is doing his best to take it all in stride.

"It's a long process," he said. "But it's a lot of fun, and I'm enjoying it. I'm handling it, and it's been fun.... Sometimes you can't help the attention. What you can help is the attitude, the work ethic."

By Mark Maske  |  February 26, 2010; 4:47 PM ET  | Category:  Draft Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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