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Tim Tebow drafted by the Denver Broncos

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With the 25th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos have selected Tim Tebow. The Broncos have Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn, but this pick changes everything. 

Pro Football Talk relayed a LA Times report that said the Broncos were interested, and in the name of Robert Cade, our boy will keep wearing Orange and Blue. Denver got the pick by trading a 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounder with the Baltimore Ravens. Tebow was very happy with the pick.

"I just think I showed them I was willing to do whatever it took," Tebow said on ESPN. "I'll do whatever it takes. I want to thank everyone in the organization.

"Over last few weeks, we really hit it off. I was hoping and praying that was where I could play."

The selection by Denver of Tebow is not that out of the (orange and) blue. Tebow worked out for the Broncos on April 19, local writers had been discussing Tebow and McDaniels thought highly of Tebow.

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, who it should be noted has a lot of personnel power in the draft room, said Friday there was "no question" Tebow would be a successful quarterback in the league. McDaniels said Tebow had just a small "dip" in his delivery to repair.

"There are so many things you can say about the kid," McDaniels said.

Don't underestimate the influence of McDaniels here either. The national perception is of a guy out of his league, especially with the Broncos late season collapse. But as a young, energetic coach, Tebow fits in with his coach's personality. Tebow has a few guys in front of him before he can be a starter and a Tebow Package is probably the quickest way to get him on the field. McDaniels will give Tebow a chance, though. 

McDaniels is a Bill Belichick guy, as evidenced by the Broncos wheeling and dealing Thursday night. We knew Belichick liked Tebow, so it wasn't much further to think McDaniels would like Tebow. The New York Times' Pete Thamel brings up another connection; McDaniel's father is friends with Urban Meyer. The more you think about Tebow and the Broncos, the more it makes sense. Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn are not long term solutions for McDaniels and every coach wants their own guy. McDaniels got his man. And Tebow will have his number too. Brandon Marshall's exile to Miami opens #15 for our boy Timmy.

It won't be long before Gator fans can see Tebow again. The Broncos open the NFL season at Jacksonville on September 12. I hope Evil Tebow gets to play in that game.