Florida were systematically destroyed by Alabama in the SEC title game today. The tears at the end from Tim Tebow said it all - this wasn't how he planned the dream to end. It's hard not to admire Tebow the man, he was truly emotional afterwards and whilst visibly crying, still found time to congratulate Alabama and Nick Saban. A class act in every sense.
However, his performance on the field was another great example as to why scouts have so many concerns about his pro-prospects. He made awful reads throughout the game, often being too tentative and dumping a pass off to the tight end when there were better options downfield. His accuracy wasn't great and we once again saw the issues with his long delivery where he holds the ball below waist height before releasing.
But we knew all that already. The great unkown with Tebow is whether the intangibles that have done him so well in college translate to the NFL. This was a test - his team were missing key players on both sides of the ball (well done, Carlos Dunlap) and he needed to drag them to finish line. He couldn't do it - and in the second half he looked sullen on the sidelines as he witnessed a thorough beating from the Crimson Tide. It was more Clark Kent than Superman, spectacles and ready for a day in the office.
I still think he'll go in the first round, although I think it's fair to say now that anyone who does take him that early is buying into the hype and the hope. This draft class isn't all that great with a few exceptions (notably on the defensive line) and someone, somewhere is going to take him earlier than he perhaps should go. Tonight proved, however, that winning games at the next level is going to be a tough ask for Tebow - especially if he lands on a team that doesn't have a good offensive line and some talented weapons.