The Big Question: Tebow to Panthers?

Would the Carolina Panthers actually take quarterback Tim Tebow with their first pick in this year’s draft?

There’s been a lot of buzz about this because the Panthers have shown up at Tebow’s workouts and had a private meeting with the Florida quarterback. Coach John Fox even heaped praise on Tebow during the owners meeting. But don’t read too much into that. Fox praises every potential draft pick and constantly praises players on other teams. It’s his way of making sure he never gives anyone any bulletin-board material.

Tebow might be available when the Panthers are up with the No. 48 overall pick and, at the moment, they really only have Matt Moore at quarterback. They clearly have to make a move (or two) at quarterback in the draft or free agency.

But drafting Tebow would be breaking from their history and with the way Fox and general manager Marty Hurney have thought throughout their tenure. They never have used a pick earlier than the fourth round on a quarterback and both the coach and general manager repeatedly have said that’s because they think it takes too long to develop a rookie quarterback.

Let’s face it, even if Tebow turns into a legitimate NFL quarterback, it’s going to take some time. He’s got to adjust to a pro-style offense and he just recently overhauled his entire throwing motion. He’s not going to come in and start right away. The Panthers need someone who can just in case Moore, who showed great promise at the end of last year, doesn’t work out.

Carolina has some very pressing needs and the Panthers need to use their first draft pick on a player that can help them immediately. Fox and Hurney are in a spot where they have to win this year. Drafting Tebow isn’t the kind of move that will provide immediate results. If they take Tebow, it could be their parting gift to a new regime.