Long wait for a Horn
Later, Gator: Colt McCoy turns into the Tim Tebow of the NFL Draft
You know how Tim Tebow was supposed to have to wait till late in the third round of the NFL Draft, hold his breath and ask dad (God) to please make sure he was picked?
Right feeling, wrong quarterback.
For with Tebow joyfully off the board on night one of this new-fangled, stretched-out NFL Draft setup, former University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy turned out to be the marquee college signal caller who waited and waited ... and waited some more. It took so long for McCoy to be selected, that ESPN draft savant Mel Kiper actually had a hair out of place by the time the Longhorn was picked.
The Cleveland Browns ended McCoy's agony by using the 85th overall pick on the winningest quarterback in college football history. So McCoy goes to a team with arguably the worst quarterback cast in the league (Jake Delhomme as a starter, really?), but also a team that is not quite sure how much it believes in him (the Browns and new president Mike Holmgren passed over McCoy on several previous picks).
Sure, Texas coach Mack Brown is telling everyone that the Browns got a "steal", but this must sort of feel like stealing a half-eaten sandwich out of the trash to the Browns.
McCoy is much more accurate than Tebow's ever shown he can be (completing 70 percent of his passes at Texas). But McCoy is also short for an NFL QB (there's only one Drew Brees) and he lacks Tebow's cult-like charisma.
In fact, Browns coach Eric Mangini (who doesn't exactly have a ton of job security himself) mostly joked about McCoy, cracking that Colt, "taught me more about cattle than I ever wanted."
Now, McCoy's a third-round pick who has to wrangle himself a spot on the depth chart. Tebow has no such worries. He'll get every chance to be groomed.
Who will turn out to be the better pro quarterback though? Are you a Tebow or a McCoy backer?