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Tebow drafted in first round

UPDATED (11:26 p.m.)...

NEW YORK--Tim Tebow is a first-round draft choice, after all, as the Denver Broncos selected him with the 25th overall pick.

Tebow's prospects for NFL success had been vigorously debated before the draft, even after he won a Heisman Trophy and two national championships at the University of Florida.

But he was the second quarterback drafted Thursday--24 spots behind Oklahoma's Sam Bradford but ahead of Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, who was not chosen Thursday.

Tebow joins fellow quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn in Denver.

"I'm just so excited and truly blessed," Tebow told the league-owned NFL Network in Jacksonville, Fla., where he watched the proceedings on television with friends and family members after declining an invitation to attend the draft at Radio City Music Hall. "I just want to thank the organization in Denver. I want to thank Coach [Josh] McDaniels for believing in me and giving me a shot. I'll give everything that I can to prove him right."

Some draft observers predicted that he'd fall into the second or third round, or even later, after he struggled at the Senior Bowl and then reworked his throwing motion, but the Broncos used the second of their two opening-round picks on him.

The Broncos took Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas 22nd overall. Thomas is a potential replacement for the traded Brandon Marshall.

By Mark Maske  |  April 22, 2010; 10:24 PM ET  | Category:  Draft Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Strange pick, I think Tebow would have lasted until round 2 or even 3 for the Broncos to pick up later and they could have taken a DB to tudor under Champ or Dawk because they won't be around much longer.

Posted by: ozpunk | April 23, 2010 3:01 PM

Maske....try finding something to say that has not already been said 100 times. I can`t believe the WP will actually pay you a good salary for doing no real work.
At least offer your own openion and comments on a subject. What did you think of Denver taking Tebow..and your reasons.
Man up!!!

Posted by: blazerguy234 | April 23, 2010 1:16 PM

this isn't just about Kiper. i flipped back and forth between NFL and ESPN and trust me nobody could justify the pick. the could put a good spin on it, but Mayock was just as down on the pick as kiper. Steve young basically put the head coaches job on the line with this pick too.

1st round QB should be ready in a year or 2, we will see. With Orton and Brady in front of him, he'll have his chances.

Posted by: oknow1 | April 23, 2010 10:40 AM

Clausen did the right thing not showing up at RCMH. If he was there, the cameras would've been trained on him from the Raiders pick on. Poor Jimmy sitting there looking like he just lost his best friend, watching millions of dollars go out the window...

Posted by: randysbailin | April 23, 2010 9:08 AM

So after all the lovin Clausen got from Kiper , should we believe anything Kiper says anymore. Obviously teams dont trust Clausen so what think Kiper of them apples

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | April 22, 2010 10:38 PM

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