Shanoff's WUC: WWTG? (Where Will Tebow Go?)

Today's Calls: NFL Draft vs. Primetime, Tim Tebow vs. Sam Bradford, Big Ben vs. Trade Rumors, LeBron vs. Chicago Bulls fans, Roy Halladay vs. Phil Hughes, Jim Delany vs. Big Ten Expansion, BCS vs. MWC, Pete Carroll vs. Twitter, Drew Brees vs. Madden Curse and More. ↵

↵The Opening Pitch: "Where will Tim Tebow go?" That is the most compelling story line of the NFL Draft. (And if you thought I would say any different, you haven't been paying attention.) ↵

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↵When -- not if -- Tebow goes in the 1st round, it will be the biggest story of the draft (and not just because Tebow is skipping being in NYC to watch with his family in Jacksonville). ↵

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↵So who's going to take him? No one has obsessed over this more than me, and here's a breakdown: ↵

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↵Scenario 1: Vikings at 30. This has become a trendy call, given Minnesota's long-term QB needs, the talent they can surround him with and Brad Childress's good relationship with Urban Meyer. ↵

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↵Scenario 2: Bills in mid-20s. Nervous about the Vikings' pick, Buffalo panics a bit and trades a bunch of picks to move up ahead of the Vikings into the mid- to late-20s. They need a face of the franchise badly. ↵

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↵Scenario 3: Wild Card! The Browns, Broncos, Patriots, Seahawks and Raiders have all shown interest. (Eh: Forget about JAX.) All have valuable 2nd-round chips. If they really want him, they will find a trade-up partner. ↵

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↵No late-1st-round pick (let alone a 2nd-round pick) has ever gotten this much attention before, but it is a function of Tebow's mega-celebrity and the legitimate -- and spirited -- debate about his potential. ↵

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↵"WWTG?" -- "where will Tebow go?" -- has turned the NFL Draft's No. 1 overall pick into an afterthought. It makes Tebow even more of an interesting subject that no one can say for certain where -- or to whom -- he will go. ↵

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↵Except for one thing: No draftnik is blathering about "third round" anymore. ↵

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↵More Huge Draft Story Lines: ↵

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↵• Big Ben gets traded! Doubtful, but still possible. It would be a move that would shake up two franchises: The Steelers, obviously, and whichever team in the Top 10 trades a future for a problem. ↵

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↵• Sam Bradford goes No. 1 You get the sense the Rams don't really want to do this. And, given Bradford's injury history and how much he will cost, you can't blame them. No one else seems to want him, either. ↵

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↵(Secondarily: Jimmy Clausen. Another player no team with professed "need at QB" seems to want to use a 1st-round pick on -- or spend 1st-round money on. Everyone keeps saying 49ers at 13. Good luck with that, SF fans.) ↵

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↵• The new format rules! I think folks are underestimating the crazy, competitive dynamic after 32 picks, with 18 hours to figure out the value that slipped through the 1st round -- then scramble to deal in the 2nd. ↵

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↵• Clifton Brown has a good round-up. ↵

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↵Big Ben suspended 6 games: Could be 4, if he's a good boy. Could be more, if he completely screws this up. Far more interesting are the rumors the team is shopping him for a Top 10 pick. Here's what that indicates: They're through with him. It might be tomorrow, it might be next spring. But you don't go there without being ready to go all the way. ↵

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↵(Very interesting take from SN columnist/Steelers fan Mike Tunison.) ↵

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↵NBA Playoffs: The Bobcats' first trip to the NBA Playoffs isn't going to last long ... Rumors of Richard Jefferson's inadequacy were greatly exaggerated (19 in Spurs' series-tying win in Dallas). ↵

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↵Tonight: LeBron gets a taste of Noah-style heckling from the entire Chicago arena (even if Bron is trying to be nice.) ... It's totally understandable that the Thunder lost two in L.A., but they kept it close. Will home cooking push them to a W? ... The Suns can take back HCA with a win at the Rose Garden. ↵

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↵MLB Talking Points: Roy Halladay, at this point, is on another level. Now 4-0 after 4 starts with a 0.82 ERA. Back after his first win, I said "29 to go." At this rate, why should 30 wins be out of the question? ↵

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↵• Near-no-no: Yankee fans will now embrace Phil Hughes. ↵

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↵• Carlos Zambrano: Now spicing up the 'pen. ↵

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↵• Streaking: Padres win 6th straight. ↵

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↵• Fantasy Stud: Colby Rasmus (2 HR.) ↵

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↵Big Ten Expansion: As expected, at the BCS meetings, Jim Delany had basically nothing to say about expansion (except to imply that it was, indeed, on the path to happening, particularly with more than one team.) He used the phrase "not near," which is appropriately vague and non-committal. ↵

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↵Does the Mountain West deserve an automatic BCS bowl bid? Probably, but it totally undercuts the playoff proponents -- the MWC never cared about a playoff ... only a payoff. ↵

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↵NBA Awards Season: Scott Brooks earns Coach of the Year, appropriately, for leading the breakthrough season for the Thunder. ↵

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↵Twitter: @PeteCarroll intro'ed a Twitter game #seahawksdraftclues, supposedly offering clues to the players that the team is going to take through songs. Check out a sample. I defy you to see a pattern that indicates a player: ↵

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↵• "Today Was a Fairytale" by Taylor Swift ↵
↵• "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam ↵
↵• "Big Balls" by AC/DC ↵
↵• "Licking Stick" by James Brown ↵
↵• "Superman's Song" by Crash Test Dummies ↵
↵• "California Love" by Tupac ↵
↵• "Jump Around" by House of Pain ↵
↵• "Back Door Man" by the Doors ↵
↵• "Soul Sacrifice" by Santana ↵
↵• "Let the Beat Build" by Li'l Wayne ↵
↵• "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson ↵

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↵Carroll's cheery song-fueled goodness is like the NFL's version of "Glee." ↵

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↵I can't figure out what would impress me more: If he actually was tipping their picks through song titles 24 hours before the draft ... or if he is using it to mess with other teams and the songs mean nothing. ↵

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↵Video Games: Drew Brees on the cover of Madden '11? He's totally worthy, but ... what about the jinx? ↵

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↵The Last Word: "With the first pick of the 2010 NFL Draft..." -- Roger Goodell, tonight. ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/danshanoff. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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