There have been many questions surrounding Florida quarterback Tim Tebow leading up to this weekâs NFL draft. The biggest one in New England is whether or not the Patriots are actually interested in the former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion.
While many fans and members of the media are skeptical about the Patriotsâ level of interest, former wide receiver Troy Brown, who knows a thing or two about versatility, wouldnât be surprised to see Bill Belichick draft Tebow.
"Heâs shown he can be versatile, heâs shown he can lead a football team in many different ways. He can do things you really canât teach players to do," Brown told the Boston Herald. "Heâs proven heâs a winner. And Billâs probably seen all that stuff. Then, on top of that, he has a great attitude. Heâll do anything the team asks him to do.
"The thing I like about him," Brown continued, "is he wants to be good. He obviously wants to be a quarterback in the NFL, but Iâm sure heâll do whatever it takes to help his team win. So, yeah, I can definitely see him with the Patriots given that kind of attitude."
Belichick hasnât made much of an attempt to hide his interest in Tebow. He treated the 22-year-old prospect to dinner in Bostonâs North End a couple weeks ago and then spoke highly of him last week during a news conference. However, there is still a widespread belief that Belichick is merely setting up a smoke screen, according to the Herald.
Brown, who played offense, defense and special teams during his 15-year career with the Pats, is taking his former coach at his word, though.
"Itâs intriguing. I mean, can you tell me they have a proven backup [quarterback] on that roster?" Brown asked the paper. "The bottom line is Bill just likes football players. And Tebow is a football player. If you put Tim Tebow on the roster as a backup quarterback, Iâm sure heâd be on the field doing other things for that team.
"I think he has that kind of ability to do different things. Heâs one of those guys, heâll do anything to help his team win. … Then you throw in his work ethic, someone who is going to work as hard as he is, wherever Bill puts him, Iâm sure heâll attack it with everything he has."
Like everyone else, Brown has heard all about scoutsâ concerns with Tebowâs mechanics. That wouldnât stop him from pulling the trigger, though.
"They can work on his mechanics and teach him to reach defenses. He seems to be a pretty smart guy," Brown said. "You can teach people like that. Itâs hard to work with guys who donât want to learn or do things the right way. He seems to be willing to prove everyone wrong."