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Tim Tebow unveils new delivery at pro day

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University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow unveiled his revamped throwing motion today at the University of Florida's pro day, and the difference was marked.

Gone -- for the most part -- is the elongated windup and the ball no longer dips below his waist before the windup.

Tebow at times reverted to his bad mechanics on particular types of throws, but his performance was far better than the one he put on at the Senior Bowl, when he intensely scrutinized.

"It felt pretty good,'' Tebow said. "I thought it was pretty positive. I was pretty happy with it. I made a lot of changes, but I think there’s still a lot of room for improvement. There are still things I can get better at. But I think I made a lot of strides."

Tebow said it was important to make the changes before the draft.

"Why would you wait until you get drafted to start working on some of the things you need to work on?'' he said. "For me, I’m not going to wait to change. I think (it’s about) trying to be coachable and the coachability factor and working on what I think I need to work on. Not being stubborn and saying ‘My way is the best way.’ That’s something I wanted to show."

Among those paying close attention was Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren, whose team is known to be in the market for a quarterback.

"It was important for me,'' Holmgren said. "You see the film, but getting up close to a player and seeing him do things -- particularly the skill guys -- I always like to do that. I need that. It’s an important day for me. You come in with an idea in mind after studying film, and more often than not, after seeing and meeting the player in person, it’s helped. It’s made that player better in my mind."

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay, an outspoken critic of Tebow, said he definitely saw improvement and now believes Tebow won't last past the second round of the draft.

"It was definitely a lot of pressure,'' Tebow said, "but I think I’ve played in a lot of situations where there was a lot of pressure, so I think that has helped me for situations like this."

-- STEPHEN F. HOLDER, Times Staff Writer

[Video: Orlando Sentinel]

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:44pm]

    

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