Tebow Physically Better than Drafted Tight Ends

If the New England Patriots did have an idea they might lose their dominant tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski (injury) and/or Aaron Hernandez, they may have a better physical prospect in Tim Tebow than they might have picked up in the draft. Tebow is faster (4.71 in the 40), more agile (cones and shuttle) and jumps almost six inches higher than the average tight end drafted this year, not to mention his 460 pound bench press. (see table below)

The average tight end benches 225 pounds 21 times. Tebow did not participate in the bench at the combine, but has reportedly thrown up 480 pounds at one point in the future, and is given credit for 460. At 6-3, 236 pounds, he is two inches smaller and 10 pounds lighter than the average NFL tight end.

His first catch at a public practice session for the Patriots led to continued speculation that Tebow could make the roster even if he is not slated as the No. 2 quarterback. Here is how he stacks up against the tight ends that were drafted this year:

NAME Draft Rnd 40 SPEED 3-CONE SHUTTLE VERTICAL BROAD BENCH 225 NFL College
Tim Tebow 1 4.71 6.66 4.17 38.5 115 460 once Patriots Florida
Average TE Draftee 2013   4.74 7.11 4.46 32.90 115 21.00    
Tyler Eifert  1 4.68 6.92 4.32 35.5 119 22 Bengals Notre Dame
Zach Ertz  2 4.76 7.08 4.47 30.5 111 24 Eagles Stanford
Gavin Escobar  2 4.84 7.07 4.31 32 114 NA Cowboys San Diego State
Vance McDonald  2 4.69 7.08 4.53 33.5 119 31 49ers Rice
Travis Kelce  3 4.65 NA NA NA NA NA Chiefs Cincinnati
Jordan Reed  3 4.72 NA NA NA NA 16 Redskins Florida
Dion Sims  4 4.75 7.36 4.52 35 112 22 Dolphins Michigan State
Levine Toilolo  4 4.86 7.09 4.57 31 113 17 Falcons Stanford
Luke Willson  5 NA NA NA NA NA NA Seahawks Rice
Nick Kasa  6 4.71 NA NA 31.5 113 22 Raiders Colorado
Mychal Rivera  6 4.81 7.17 4.43 31 112 17 Raiders Tennessee
Ryan Griffin  6 NA NA NA NA NA NA Texans Connecticut
Michael Williams  7 NA NA NA NA NA NA Lions Alabama
D. C. Jefferson  7 NA NA NA NA NA NA Cardinals Rutgers
Chris Gragg  7 4.5 7.08 4.51 37.5 125 18 Bills Arkansas
Justice Cunningham  7 4.94 7.12 4.45 31.5 116 NA Colts South Carolina

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