Don't read into Tebow's workout with Redskins

The next step in Tim Tebow’s run to the NFL Draft next month is private workouts with teams, and that is why we shouldn’t get overly wrapped up in Mike Shanahan and the Redskins brass stopping by Gainesville this weekend to see the former Gator on their way to the NFL owners meetings.

Private workouts are just that — NFL teams heading down to Florida to get another look at Tebow, wanting to see him run their own passing tree and wanting to see him simulate their drops, the footwork they are going to teach and so on.

It is a chance to see Tebow under their own conditions and their own coaching — so they can formulate their own opinions without representatives from the rest of the league leaning over their shoulders.

But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves when it comes to speculation on where Tebow will land just because the ‘Skins were on campus.

Because it is just that — another look. For a player like Tebow that has a unique value from a football standpoint but also so many questions about his ability to play QB at the NFL level, these workouts could start to pile up.

He will have more workouts and more chances to impress offensive coaches and GMs with his new release and mechanics all the way up until the draft. The Gators pro day was just the starting point of these workouts.

Now teams get to begin their own evaluation process: watching film and seeing him in a workout setting that they get to run — which is full of team-specific drills they put all QB prospects through.

However, don’t be surprised if some of these exact teams who work out Tebow also are the same teams that pass over his name come draft weekend. Too often we connect workouts with prospects as speculation that they are targeting them in the draft.

But, in reality, it is a chance to see that prospect — like Tebow — up close in a specific workout that also sends out plenty of smokescreens to the rest of the league.

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