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4/25/2008 01:48:00 PM
Non-Football Players Who Should Be Drafted
You'd have to think Joba Chamberlain can throw a football better than some NFL quarterbacks.
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
At this point, if you've been following the NFL draft, you know pretty much everything about every player who could possibly be drafted. College players who were unknown one year ago are now well-known, from their workout routines to dating habits. But what if it wasn't just college players selected in the NFL Draft, but athletes from any sport? Here's the top five non-football players I'd like to see selected in the NFL draft.
1. Allen Iverson: Back in high school, The Answer was one of the best football players in the country, and all-state in Virginia. The QB/DB two-way player was just as slick and elusive back then, and knowing AI's resiliency and skill set, I'm willing to bet he could be just as maddening in the NFL today.
2. Joba Chamberlain: The Yanks reliever with the magic arm has been handled with kid gloves by the Yankees, but I'd like to see him cut loose in the NFL. Put him in a West Coast offense with lots of short, quick passes, and Joba could excel. You're telling me he wouldn't have a better arm than Chad Pennington? Also, if Jobe played football we'd get a lot of great "Joba the Hut!" headlines.
3. David Beckham: Becks had a chance to hang with Reggie Bush, and his American football skills (at least as a receiver) didn't seem particularly impressive. But with his ability to aim kicks and curve things in from angles, he would seem to be predisposed to being a terrific place kicker.
4. LeBron James: King James was a dominant wideout in high school who was recruited by all the Midwestern powerhouses to go deep and win every jump ball. His football career ended after he fractured a wrist, but I can think of a few teams (the Eagles?) where he could probably walk in an contribute immediately.
5. Sean Avery: At 5-9 and just under 200 pounds, he'd be small for an NFL player, but he obviously would be creative at getting under people's skin, and who'd want to be pinned next to him at the bottom of a pile?
Which pro athlete would you like to see drafted by the NFL? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
LBJ would be good in any sport that he wanted to play. Maybe something you didnt know.....Lebron has said that when he finishes his career with the cavs he would love to play for the Buckeyes. Currently this is impossible but think down the road. Also he joked about playing for Tressel......WOW that would be a treat!!!
chauncey billups would be a great nfl qb. hes got a pretty good arm, and ideal size at 6'3". most of all he would perform great in the clutch moments, always staying cool, calm, and collected like montana and brady.
Apparently those who are saying Lebron James WOULD make a great receiver have not done their research. Lebron James WAS a great receiver. At St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, he was an All-State wide receiver before choosing to focus on basketball after a football injury in his junior year.
Just because someone is big doesn't mean they are going to be a good player. But I think most nba players would be good receivers or tightends because of their athleticism. Also just think of any center fielder in baseball with a strong arm, i'd like to see them throw a pigskin around.
anybody remember Steve Nash heading a basketball to Amare Stoudemire in the dunk contest, or seen him juggling and then kicking a ball into the hoop from half court? I here he was a pretty mean Hockey player too!
Greg Paulus was predicted to win the heisman if woulda played QB for Notre Dame instead of PG at Duke so it woulda been interesting to see how he would have done. Also are you serious where is Big Ben Wallace at TE! He's 6'9 240, Id take him anyday. He coulda played TE at Auburn but choose obviously basketball
This is a dumb list. There are plenty of actual potential 2-way players out there and you put Joba Chamberlain at #2 just because he can throw 100 mph? Is that supposed to be cute or funny? AI and Lebron are legit players on the list but where are guys like Grady Sizemore and Greg Paulus who were top football recruits in high school?
Joe Mauer of the Twins was the top recruited quarterback in the nation (I'm pretty sure he was committed to Florida State), but he got drafted 2nd overall in the MLB draft. He's 6-5 and he's got a gun for an arm (as evidenced by his top-flight throwout percentage).