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4/14/2006 11:20:00 AM

Hoopsters in the NFL

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Brandon Roy will likely be an NBA shooting guard next season, but we think he'd make a fine NFL defensive back.
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UConn forward Ed Nelson has announced that he's going to make a run at the NFL. George Mason forward Jai Lewis has been mentioned has a legitimate tight end prospect, and we've heard ad nauseum about Glen Davis' high school tailback skills.

Which college hoops players could play in the NFL and at what position? Our inner Mel Kiper is salivating over Brandon Roy, defensive back.

You're on the clock.


Posted: 12:05 PM   by Anonymous
Michigan State's Shannon Brown: wide receiver. He's 6'4" and 205, so he's got pretty decent size. He's fast as lightning, and he can jump over anybody. Also, if you'd seen any of his rim-rattling alley-oops this year, you'd see that he has great hands, too. Maybe the Lions could draft him...God knows they need another receiver.
MSU '09
Posted: 12:48 PM   by Anonymous
Auburn's Frank Tolbert: wide receiver. He is 6'4 210, he can jump out of the gym and he has got great hands with 6 fingers on each hand.He is also a great shot blocker. I think he should play football for Auburn
Posted: 12:53 PM   by Anonymous
All I know is if I'm a wide receiver coming across the middle I wouldn't want to see Texas forward PJ Tucker waiting for me as a linebacker. He's built like a rock and moves extremely well. Not to mention he plays with a linebacker's intensity.
Posted: 12:59 PM   by Anonymous
Well heres a basketball that not only could play in the NFL but will do so. Matt Trannon from Michigan State, although He's more of a football player who also plays basketball not a basketball player who might do well at football so I dont think its in the same context as the other players.
Posted: 1:01 PM   by Anonymous
Big Baby Davis from LSU Definantly a Defensive Tackle 33 plus and a bulldozer.
Posted: 1:11 PM   by Andrew Newberry
West Virginia's Kevin Pittsnogle. Simply because his last name belongs on the defensive line of the Chicago Bears. Seriously, who wants to to against a guy named pittsnogle? He just sounds mean.
Posted: 1:13 PM   by Anonymous
PJ Tucker sucks Shelden Williams could be a pretty good linebacker himself.
Posted: 1:14 PM   by grahamuncc
UNC-Charlotte's reserve and defensive specialist Chris Nance. The guy is an absolute stud at around 6'5, 265. He and Julius Peppers at opposite sides of the defensive line would have any quarterback checking down to a run play.
Posted: 1:16 PM   by Anonymous
David Noel of NC would be a great Tight End or WR. Quick, great hands and very strong.
Posted: 1:48 PM   by Tony Simonini
Dee Brown, Illini, he could be the next Dante Hall!
Posted: 1:49 PM   by Mike
Rick Majerus-NT
Posted: 1:51 PM   by toobloggy
Illinois' James Augustine...he played QB in high school and would dominate the nfl. plus dave laird thinks hes the best ever
Posted: 1:57 PM   by Anonymous
The best NFL prospect is in Natchitoches, LA at Northwestern State University. Byron Allen (6-6.5 / 283) has less that 10% body fat, wears a size 19 shoe, has a 86" wingspan, and is the fastest guy in the 40 on the Demons team. Several NFL teams have come to campus to see him and visit with him. Put a set of pads on him and he would look scary big!!!
Posted: 2:11 PM   by Anonymous
Posted: 2:20 PM   by Anonymous
Duke's Greg Paulus, was a QB in high school and recruited by big time schools such as Notre Dame
Posted: 2:20 PM   by Anonymous
Eric Hicks - has the hands and the size, plus he can get up. 6'6 and he blocked over 100 shots this year. Fade to Hicks.......touchdown Bengals!
Posted: 2:25 PM   by Anonymous
Marco Killingsworth from IU, has a big body, couldn't be moved out of the paint last year, id stick him in as a DE or G, Marcus williams of UConn as a DB if he could read the QB like he sees the floor he'd be great.
Posted: 2:28 PM   by Anonymous
Eric Hicks, Tight End, Cincinnati. Although he will probably make a pretty good living in the NBA, he is 6'6, 245, sculpted, athletic and has good hands. He is absolutely menacing and backs down from no one. Very Intense! He guarded centers in the Big East, so db's will have no chance getting the ball from him. Antonio Gates Junior!
Posted: 2:31 PM   by Anonymous
David Noel:WR:obvious choice, recruited to UNC on a football scholarship, walked onto the basketball team his freshman year and was a big hit, thus giving up football, still has one more year of eligibility in college football
Posted: 2:47 PM   by Anonymous
According to UNC fan sites, David Noel has already been contacted by some 3-5 teams as a potential NFL TE prospect.
Posted: 3:00 PM   by Anonymous
Psycho T of UNC has the glare and stare of a middle linebacker!
Charlie G
UNC '68
Posted: 3:13 PM   by Anonymous
this may not count since he has already begun playing football, but Jordan Kent G/F University of Oregon. He is 6'5, 210, and runs a 10.2 100 meter dash on the track team. Those are the kind of numbers any NFL GM will drool over.
Posted: 3:19 PM   by Anonymous
Justin Cage of Xavier at tight end. He is 6'6 and extremely strong, with the best hands I have ever seen. He has caught countless rebounds one-handed b/c his other arm is being pulled down. Hes quick, athletic, strong, and awesome hands. Tenacious, and unfearing... will not back down from anyone.. including eric hicks... and now ray lewis!
Posted: 3:45 PM   by Anonymous
most definitely id go with hassan adams of arizona, the kid is 6'4'' 220 lbs. he could play LB, WR or even gain weight and be a TE or a hard hitting safety, the kid can bench at least 350 lbs., has a 40-inch vertical and is nasty and tough as they come. Holla at me. HEY HEY HEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: 3:47 PM   by Anonymous
how about al horford, he could be a nose tackle and just eat up space and dominate like richard seymour or play as an end like mike strahan and blow up offensive linemen.
Posted: 4:09 PM   by Anonymous
Big Baby Glen Davis Left tackle 6'8 320 quick feet.
Posted: 4:29 PM   by Anonymous
Craig Smith, BC, tight end
Posted: 4:31 PM   by Anonymous
What's wrong with you people? This was a ligitimate question. How many people would have said Antonio Gates was going to be a Pro Bowl tight end? Seriously who said James Augustine??? The guy is 6'11" he would be crushed. I can see the head line now... Cleveland Browns 3rd string QB James Augustine was injured on Sunday's game when Ray Lewis hit him in the legs causing a Joe Theisman/Bo Jackson/Willis McGahee leg injury... They will begin the aputation on Tuesday!
Posted: 2:42 PM   by Anonymous
Hassan Adams-- A better football player than b-ball player, would be an awesome safety in the NFL.
Posted: 3:21 PM   by Anonymous
what about the guys for Boston College, Dudley and Smith? theyre animals
Posted: 3:31 PM   by Anonymous
With how well he blocks shots, just imagine how great Tyrus Thomas would be on the line blocking kicks. He would be a dream come true for a special teams coach.
Posted: 5:30 PM   by Anonymous
-David Noel, UNC, heavily recruited out of high school as a wide receiver, 6'6", 232 lbs., good hands, one of the highest jumpers in the college game this year, and can work on his speed in the future. Imagine this guy going against your average DB, who is probably no taller than 6'2". He'd be a great possession receiever and is strong enough to block almost anyone. He says he's trying to go for the NBA first, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the NFL in a few years. He wouldn't be the first UNC basketball player to play in the NFL.
Posted: 5:31 PM   by jeff
Craih Smith from BC is about 6'6" 260, built like a rock, has great hands, he is athletic, and loves physical play. He would make a great NFL TE.
Posted: 6:43 PM   by Anonymous
Chris Richard of flordia is Huge! He has massive arms...The Guy is scary. At 6'8 he's a bit tall but use his 265 pound budy as a tackle and he would run guys over. Im sure he could put on a bunch of weight and still be soild
Posted: 6:51 PM   by Anonymous
JP Batista from Gonzaga. He can supposedly bench 225 lbs 30+ times. Scouts say he's going to break numerous strength records at NBA workouts. I can see him being a Julius Peppers type.
Posted: 7:24 PM   by Anonymous
Craig Smith of BC would kick a-- at any position. he is so tough, he could beat up Ray Lewis in a second. And he is so much better than glen davis. davis sucks, craig smith is a thug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: 7:32 PM   by Anonymous
TE- Brent Petway, Michigan
Posted: 8:33 PM   by Anonymous
How would u like to be a small DB in the NFL and have to cover Tyrus Thomas of LSU. He is tall, out of this world athletic, and as strong as anyone else. He would be a nightmare
Posted: 8:34 PM   by nizar
James White out of Cincy. The tallest wide reciever ever toplay the game. 6'7" 200 lbs. 44 inch vertical jump with 4.4 speed. SICK.
Posted: 8:38 PM   by Anonymous
Adam Morrison, wide receiver. I don't really think he could possibly play in the NFL, but he freaks out when he gets 2 points at a time. Just imagine what he would do when he got 6 at once.
Posted: 8:39 PM   by Anonymous
I think James White of Cincinatti would be an intriguing NFL prospect. He's 6'7 with long arms and can jump. Nobody would take him on a fade. He definitely could make some Randy Moss like plays.
Posted: 9:02 PM   by Anonymous
Rodney Carney, Memphis. 6'7" wide receiver. He's a former track star and he can jump out the gym. He'd be dominant in the NFL.
Posted: 9:12 PM   by Nkowitall
North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough even though he be a great NBA player. He'd be a great tight end, his 6'9 235 with great hands. He also plays with great intensity
Posted: 9:22 PM   by Anonymous
Rodney Carney at wide reciever because the guy has been able to dunk since the 6th grade, and he is tall so he is an obvious choice for wide reciever.
Posted: 11:23 PM   by Anonymous
Rajon Rondo=WR 6'1 lightening fast, exceptional hands.
Posted: 12:59 AM   by Anonymous
DeMarcus Nelson of Duke would be a great running back. He is extremely quick and agility, and he is also ripped. Duke's football team should let all of the Duke bball players play football... they might win 10 games with Paulus and Nelson.
Posted: 1:01 AM   by Anonymous
JJ Sullinger of The Ohio State University....he'd make a fabulous tight end or wide receiver, he's a great athelete and can jump really high (see NCAA tourny game vs. Georgetown blocked 7 foot 2 center Hibbert 3 times)
Posted: 1:25 AM   by Anonymous
well people...i do believe that Dee Brown himself was a QB in high "The Answer" himself...i say Dee brown...take him as a ball hawking safty...
Posted: 2:17 AM   by riley
i donna why u guys are forgeting him. wat about the man himself
mr. powe from california
now i hate cal but still
can u see him going deep having enough speed to beat a linebacker and jumping or the safty
he would be the best TE in the nfl after 4 years of playing
Posted: 5:28 AM   by Anonymous
Marcus Williams as an option half-back. Nice.
Posted: 8:30 AM   by Anonymous
Chris Richard from National Champs Florida played on Lakeland HS's football team, the top-ranked team in the nation. Classic defensive end, he was.
Posted: 11:46 AM   by Anonymous
Craig Smith, BC -> TE
David Noel, UNC -> WR
Dee Brown, Ill -> DB
JJ Reddick, Duke -> K
Posted: 12:12 PM   by Anonymous
I agree, who ever said that James Augustine would be good in the NFL is crazy. The guy is a twig that got pushed around by basketball players. He wouldnt make it a day. Also Marco Killingsworth coulnt be moved from the paint because he was out of shape and once he got there he wasnt about waste energy by having to you defense.
Posted: 1:04 PM   by BACON
PJ Tucker would be better at TE. He's got great hands and would be an ideal red-zone target. As for Shelden Williams, his Ugly Ogre looking ass would be pretty good at DE.
Posted: 3:46 PM   by Anonymous
Alabama's Ron Steele: safety. He's 6'2" close to 200 lbs. He was offered to not only play bball but also football. Athleticism and endurance are his specialities.
Posted: 5:05 PM   by Anonymous
Ed Nelson- Fullback... couldnt you see him mow down 5 guys to spring the tailback??
Posted: 5:30 PM   by Anonymous
Michael Fey from UCLA would make a great TE in the NFL.
Posted: 5:39 PM   by Anonymous
UCLA's Darren Collison would be an excellent cornerback in the NFL. He has exceptional jumping ability and he's known for his quick hands.
Posted: 5:48 PM   by Anonymous
Arron Afflalo, UCLA, Wide Receiver. He's 6'5", quick, athletic, and built like a rock.
Posted: 7:00 PM   by Anonymous
BC's Craig Smith would make a SICK Tight End
Posted: 7:09 PM   by john j
Miami's Guillermo Diaz: Wide receiver. 6'2" 192, he is an insane athlete with great hands. He can jump higher than anyone with a 50 inch vertical leap! I would take him on my team anyday.
Posted: 7:29 PM   by Anonymous
LaMarcus Aldridge hes tall and stronf so maybe an TE

Universitry of Texas Class of '2014
Posted: 7:39 PM   by Anonymous
David Noel,
this kid will be in the NFL very soon, either this year or next. Count on it. 6´6¨ 235 with a lot of room to put on more weight. Would be best for him to play one year of college however.
Posted: 7:53 PM   by Anonymous
Imagine Rondey Carney lined up at WR? He is possibly the most athletic player college b-ball, and his speed is incredible......I do think he would break in half if he were hit by the likes of John Lynch or Sean Taylor lol
Posted: 7:59 PM   by Anonymous
A question for David Noel, Does he want to be a bench warmer in the NBA or a star in the NFL. Hopefully he will think about this.
Posted: 7:59 PM   by Anonymous
I think that all the players mentioned all have what it takes to be a legit football player in the NFL. But the transition will be tough for a player new to the football world. Remember that Pitt forward Chevon Troutman had a try-out with the Redskins. He looked like he could be a solid tight-end, but he just didn't have what it takes.
Posted: 8:26 PM   by Anonymous
Craig Smith by far the best TE prospect in College basketball right now. He has great hands with awesome fett and quickness. Also he's an absolute monster, just look at him and you'll know. He has All-Pro written all over him.
Posted: 8:51 PM   by Anonymous
Alabama's Ricard Hendrix TE, 6'8" 265 quick for someone that big and hands like a wide out
How could yall not all put down Greg Paulus of Duke. The kids sees the court so well, and ha actually played football, and he was good at that. He would be a great quarterback with his vision and speed.
J Miller
Posted: 10:07 PM   by VDIDDY
shelden williams would just own everyone on the football field.
Posted: 10:44 PM   by Anonymous
the best would be tyrus thomas from lsu. im a ohio state fan but i love the way he plays. you can put him at tight end and he would juss jump right over any defensive back.
Posted: 11:34 PM   by Anonymous
JJ Reddick...kicker...hes clutch at 3s
Posted: 12:04 AM   by Anonymous
Greg Paulus was recruited by Notre Dame as a QB and though of as a legit heisman trophy winner his junior or senior year... don't think anyone else can beat that
Posted: 10:04 AM   by Anonymous
David Noel North Carolina...Recruited out of high school as a wide reciever but played hoops instead. Incredible athlete with a non stop motor. Great character guy as well.
Posted: 10:16 AM   by Anonymous
What about UC's Eric Hocks. He's 6'6" has a 7' wingspan good hands and has a nasty streak
Posted: 10:22 AM   by Anonymous
Quentin Thomas from unc could be a tailback hes amazingly fast.But I think A more intriguing prospect is David Noel like someone said before. He can jump out of the gym he played football close to me in high at Southern Durham senior year had 19 touchdown receptions. He is so versatile that he could be a TE a Slot wide receiver or even a linebacker.
Posted: 10:25 AM   by Anonymous
Posted: 2:24 PM   by Anonymous
Bryson McKenzie from Northern Illinois would make for an unreal kick returner
Posted: 4:44 PM   by Anonymous
JJ Redick could be a kicker. Both he and that Vander...whatever his last name is both cry when they lose and choke in the clutch.
Posted: 11:49 AM   by Anonymous
Ian Mooney from Texas would make a tremendous middle linebacker. What he lacks in athleticism he more than makes up for in effort and heart.
Posted: 2:22 PM   by Anonymous
Craig Reichel would be a hell of a TE for Northern Illinois...Jeremey Shockey type
Posted: 11:49 AM   by Anonymous
joakim noah is the prototype cheerleader!
Posted: 7:28 PM   by Anonymous
David Noel of North Carolina was a reciever in high school and was also recruted as one comming out. He would be a stud reciever in the NFL because he has great hands and is so athletic.
Glen "Big Baby" Davis of LSU would be the perfect Football player but he needs more conditiong. The way he performed in the Final Four this past year against UCLA shows that he needs more conditiong before he tries anything at the next level of any sport.
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