Bradford Goes Number 1, Tebow Headed to Denver

  • April 22, 2010, 10:58 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Big 12, led by Oklahoma, kicked off a big party for itself at Radio City Music Hall in the first prime-time NFL draft Thursday night.

Tim Tebow had a grand time, too, breaking into the first round at No. 25 to Denver. The selection of the Florida quarterback, the mystery man of this draft, drew the loudest reaction -- a mix of cheers and boos -- from the audience.

The Rockettes would have loved it, from the early dominance of the Big 12 to the show biz drama surrounding the Broncos' choice of Tebow.

Starting with quarterback Sam Bradford going to the St. Louis Rams, five of the top six picks were from the Big 12 -- three of them Sooners.

The Oklahoma junior became the eighth quarterback since 2001 taken atop the draft. He was immediately followed Thursday night by defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska, the AP Player of the Year; DT Gerald McCoy and OT Trent Williams, Bradford's teammates with the Sooners.

"That's pretty cool because I know the Big 12 has been getting a lot of slack lately," Bradford said. "People for some reason didn't think that we played much football in the Big 12 and sure didn't think we played much defense, so for two defensive tackles to go in the first three picks is a credit to the Big 12."

And what about the Sooners' run at the top of the festivities?

"It's insane isn't it?" McCoy said with a huge smile. "We can't play football in the Big 12, but the first four picks went out the Big 12? Mmmmm -- three of 'em from Oklahoma, by the way."

Tebow was the third Florida player chosen -- and by far the most controversial selection Thursday night. A winner for four years with the Gators, including two national championships, his unorthodox style and strange throwing motion made for widely divided opinions on him.

Not, apparently, for Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, who hopes he found the long-term replacement for Jay Cutler. In his rookie season as a head coach, McDaniels feuded with Cutler a year ago and traded him to Chicago.

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1. Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
2. Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
3. Bucs: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
4. Redskins: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
5. Chiefs: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
6. Seahawks: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
7. Browns: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
8. Raiders: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
9. Bills: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
10. Jaguars: Tyson Alualu, DT, California
11. 49ers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
12. Chargers: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
13. Eagles: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
14. Seahawks: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
15. Giants: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
16. Titans: Derrick Mason, DE, Georgia Tech
17. 49ers: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
18. Steelers: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
19. Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
20. Texans: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
21. Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
22. Broncos: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
23. Packers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
24. Cowboys: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
25. Broncos: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
26. Cardinals: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
27. Patriots: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
28. Dolphins: Jared Odrick, DT/DE, Penn State
29. Jets: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
30. Lions: Jahvid Best, RB, California
31. Colts: Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
32. Saints: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

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Sam Bradford is better that Tim Tebow (offense too gator fans)

Tim Tebow has the will to win and that will trump everything else. Let's watch him prove himself. Watch out -- he's just asking to get smacked on the field

Face it every1 likes Tim Tebow because they think he can but the truth is he CAN'T!!!!!

if rams and broncos make it all the way to superbowl (which won't happen) and tebow starts against bradford. who will win?? bradford or tebow? i say bradford. whats ur opinion?

I think that is just what the rams need a LEADER to tone the team into a lean football Team!!!

is this some kind of sick joke

tebow is gonna do horrible in the NFL

i would laugh if tebow gets sacked for his first nfl drive. (no oofense tebow fans. i respect his dedication and effort vut cmon.) if he does get sacked the linebacker will say four words that will scare him for the entire season: welcome to the NFL

ur funny gold gator!!

lol gold gator

tebow is going smash watch out peyton tebow setting records

why did tebow get picked in the 1st round but not clausen or mccoy?

competition. the jags almost got him...

Wow. The Pats make another...questionable...pick with McCourty in the first round. Why would they ever choose him with two other much better cornerbacks still on the board in Kyle Wilson and Patrick Robinson. This McCourty guy only had 1 pick this past college season which is nothing compared to the other guys. The only two picks this entire draft that I'm excited about that the Pats picked up are Brandon Spikes (2nd or 3rd round) and Zac Robinson (7th round, 250th overall). Spikes is a great linebacker from Florida who should play a lot and Robinson was an ok QB at Oklahoma State who should be a project for Belicheck, but who knows what he could be cuz Brady was a really late pick- I think 6th round. I liked what I saw from Robinson when I watched him once and hopefully he'll turn into something worthwhile in the nfl.

the steelers should have picked tebow and droped rothlisburger

you spelled dropped and roethlisberger.go lebron

I like Tebow but he is not prepared for the NFL as a QB with very little accuracy and he came out of a spread offense and star receivers. He would fit better at an HB.

Eagles (my team) just got another FAST pass rusher!!!!!!!!!!!!
You got Trent Cole on one side and Brandon Graham on the other I like to call that the TWIN TOWERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@LighteningBlocker3 Even though we didn't get my fav college team PSU's Navarro Bowman we got a man with similar talent. Only if the eagles could release Kolb, but because of his dad being in the organization and all you know. We could have Vick,Mike Kafka, and Daryll Clark.

I'd rather have Mcnabb then Kafka though.

ur lucky u got graham

da broncos could've pick clauson who'z better than tebow. suh should be first.


Tebow is not as good as some of you are acting like he is. One: he runs it way toooooooooo much Two: the way he throws the ball. He is going to get hit the first game cause he'll run it and be out for the season

Exactly if he wants to run so much,why isn't he an HB.

yeah, let the running backs and wide recievers do their thing, buddy (timmy t). he must think he's so great, you know, by doing almost literally EVERYTHING.

I like Tebow and he did awsome at Florida but he is not going to do good in the NFL

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Denver's the team that is lucky.

Si said that tim was going to the Vikings

great point!

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