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It's never good enough

Join Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Jacob from Cocoa, FL:
I know you think Tebow has the ability to be a decent quarterback prospect, but where in the draft would the risk equal the reward?

Vic: The question you're asking will require an entire year of evaluation to decide. You judge college talent on the most recent college season, when applicable. Tim Tebow has a full year to fine-tune his skills and he'll have the finest offensive mind in college football to coach him through the process. To know where Tebow will fit in next year's draft, you have to give him a grade relative to all of the other players in next year's draft. That's not possible to do at this point. Be patient. At some point he must leave college, then we'll know what the NFL thinks of his talent.

David from Ada, OK:
I will admit, Big 12 quarterbacks in general don't fit the mold for the NFL. I think Sam Bradford will be the exception. Maybe his arm isn't that strong, but neither was Montana's and he was an accurate passer and could make all the throws. Bradford makes good decisions and throws few interceptions. He doesn't get rattled easily, even as a freshman. Let's talk about him in a couple of years after he's been in the NFL. I mean, until that happens, it's all speculation.

Vic: Oh, yes, the Montana card. Every weak-armed quarterback is compared to Montana, arguably one of the two greatest quarterbacks in history. So when did you ever see Joe Montana not get the ball to his receiver on time because his pass lacked zip? When did you ever see him not be able to throw the ball to the far sideline from the far hash? Other than for the touchdown pass to Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone, I can't remember having seen a Montana pass wobble. Yes, you're right, we need to wait a few years before we pass judgment on Sam Bradford, but I think we also need to suspend comparisons to Joe Montana until at least one quarterback from the Big 12 proves he can throw the ball better than Bobby Douglas.

Ryan from West Chester, OH:
"Three players I saw last season interest me: Jevan Snead, Daryll Clark and Tony Pike." I'm just curious as to what you saw that got you interested in those three last season? Being a daily reader, I'm well aware of the utmost importance you place on clutch, big-game quarterbacks that get it done when it matters, yet, you mention Pike, who, other than the opening drive, struggled when it mattered most in the Orange Bowl (16/33 and four picks).

Vic: I said they interested me. I didn't say I was sold on them. Snead and Clark are big guys who have live arms. Snead is a classic pocket-passer. He could be the first pick of next year's draft. At 6-2, 230, Clark is a David Garrard clone. Clark is powerfully built and pulls out of rushers' arms. The major concern for Clark is that he may be a one-year wonder. He has to do it again this season and he won't have the strong cast of receivers he had last season. Pike came out of nowhere. I saw him have field days in a couple of Big East games last season and he impressed me with his natural passing ability. He has a gun. Some have compared him to Joe Flacco, but Pike has more mobility. The problem is that he is painfully thin and that's a bit of a red flag. Yes, he played poorly in the Orange Bowl. The stage may have been too big for him and it may have been too big for the Cincinnati program. It was also a very windy night. Either way, I don't think any scout is going to write a guy off because he had one bad game.

Mike from West Haven, CT:
Why is there so much value in the 40 time? I have seen tons of players run a fast 40 time but on the field they just play slow. Other times you have players who run a slower 40 time but just flat out burn on the football field. What gives?

Vic: It's called competitive speed. Matt Jones didn't have it. Maurice Jones-Drew does.

Raymo from Jacksonville:
I know I'm a Gator homer but if you don't see Tebow as a bigger, stronger Brunell, then you are blind. He will silence the doubters, and I hope we aren't one of those. He will not be Tom Brady or Joe Montana but, if he has any help at all, he could easily be Ben Roethlisberger.

Vic: The problem with you Gator homers is that it's never good enough. I gave you guys an honest evaluation of Tebow yesterday and I thought it was respectful, but apparently it wasn't good enough. I tried to be nice but that didn't satisfy you. You're saying he'll be better than Mark Brunell and easily as good as Ben Roethlisberger. Hey, those are two pretty good quarterbacks. Aren't you being a little disrespectful of what they've accomplished in their careers?

John from Jacksonville:
What do you think the motivation is with the Jags signing Bouman and what will his role be?

Vic: He was signed to compete for the backup quarterback job. Why else would they sign him?

Darrell from Washington, DC:
Who was "Mr. Irrelevant" this year?

Vic: South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop was the 256th and final pick of this year's draft. He was selected by Kansas City and he will be the guest of Newport Beach, Calif., a lovely seaside hamlet I once had the pleasure of visiting.

Haywood from Orange Park, FL:
What do you think the Jags will do this year?

Vic: I think they will improve over last year's performance and they will leave no doubt by season's end that their arrow is pointing up for the future.

Ron from Jacksonville:
Wasn't Paul Spicer an undrafted guy? I'll take a starter at defensive end over a special teams ace any day.

Vic: He was undrafted but he wasn't signed by the Jaguars out of college. He was signed by Seattle in 1998, spent time with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders and then resurfaced in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, before being cut and signed by the Jaguars in 2000. What that all means is that Spicer joined the Jaguars as a street free agent, which is different than an undrafted free agent because street free agents come through the pro personnel department, not the college scouting department.

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