Five years ago, Tim Tebow became a Bronco #TBT

The Broncos drafted Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
On April 30, the Broncos will select their first of 10 draft picks for 2015. They have one first-round selection, No. 28 overall, and as The Post’s Broncos experts, Mike Klis and Troy Renck, have projected, Denver could try to trade up, or it may a right tackle to bolster its offensive line.

But almost exactly five years ago (April 22, 2010), the Broncos were armed with two first-round selections, thanks to some draft-day trades, and they took players at key offensive positions — players whose futures were debated from Day 1 and whose careers have taken very different paths over the last half-decade.

At No. 22, the Broncos took Demaryius Thomas, a receiver out of Georgia Tech (instead of Dez Bryant, whom Dallas took at No. 24). At No 25, they selected Tim Tebow, a Heisman-winning quarterback and two-time national champion out of Florida.

Thomas is now one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL, while Tebow is hoping to earn a second chance in the league, with a non-guaranteed, one-year deal with the Eagles.

Here’s what Tebow and then Broncos coach Josh McDaniels told The Denver Post after the 2010 draft:

McDaniels, on Tebow:

“We needed a player at that position to be a good player — a good, good player. And if we can make him a special player, then that’s what we’re looking for.”


“I want to be a quarterback in the NFL for a great many years. That’s my goal. That’s been my goal since I was 6 years old. I want to do whatever it takes to get there. I’m just grateful to Coach McDaniels to have the strength and belief in me, to choose me and believe in me. I’m so thankful for that.”

Broncos’ 2010 Draft Picks
Round Pick Player Position School
1 22 Demaryius Thomas WR Georgia Tech
1 25 Tim Tebow QB Florida
2 45 Zane Beadles G Utah
3 80 J.D. Walton C Baylor
3 87 Eric Decker WR Minnesota
5 137 Perrish Cox CB Oklahoma State
6 183 Eric Olsen C Notre Dame
7 225 Syd’Quan Thompson CB California
7 232 Jammie Kirlew DE Indiana

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8 Responses to “Five years ago, Tim Tebow became a Bronco #TBT”

  1. Sage says:

    I was elated when this happened. I had only begun to learn about Tebow a few days prior. Little did I know what would happen and that my 35 years of being a Broncos fan would die with Elway’s mistreatment of Tebow. Tebow was the perfect fit for Denver.

    I wish Dan Reeves had still been HC. Reeves was resourceful above all else. He would not have disregarded Tebow’s talent and leadership. He would have ridden Tebow to another 3 or 4 Super Bowls, and finally won.

    • Sage says:

      Dan Reeves is under-appreciated, IMO.

      Is it a coincidence when a guy keeps winding up in Superbowls?

      From Wikipedia:

      He has participated in more Super Bowls as player and coach than anyone else. He played in two Super Bowls, Super Bowl V and Super Bowl VI and also was an assistant coach in three more, Super Bowl X, Super Bowl XII, Super Bowl XIII, and was Head Coach in four more Super Bowl XXI, Super Bowl XXII and Super Bowl XXIV as the Denver Broncos’ head coach, and Super Bowl XXXIII as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

      • ck says:

        Sage: Bet you knew that Elrot even got Dan Reeves F-I-R-E-D! 🙁 He certainly sounds like he would be a wealth of information and am interested in his opinion on how T2 was mishandled. What do u think? Maybe Buzzy can contact him and run it on The Tebowzone too!

      • ck says:

        Great read. 🙂

  2. David Oliver says:

    Here is a good example of Tim Tebow’s continuous Work Ethic –
    This Off-season workout video:

    If what the Eagles Team says – That Tim will be given a chance to
    compete – anything is possible… with the effort he will give !

  3. Sam says:

    Still feeling sorry for myself that i didn’t bought a broncos jersey of Tebow back then…

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