NFL Draft 2013 Multi-Sport Breakdown
Here we will give a brief breakdown based on the infomation in our last blog which gives the high school backgrounds and specific track and field information on each player drafted. Again, all information below is the best available we had at the time so forgive us in advance for any inaccuracies…all info is approximate.
- 254 players were drafted, of that approximately 130 participated in high school track and field (51%). Since 2008 the approximate rate of high school track and field particpation by NFL draftees has been 55%. So the participation rate is down slightly. However if quarterbacks and kickers / punters are excluded (15 players) from the draft total track participation moves to 54% and in line with the five year average. The high school track participation rate of quarterbacks and kickers / punters is generally very low.
- Approximately eight players from this year’s draft were wrestlers in high school: First Rounders – Jonathan Cooper, OG North Carolina and Travis Frederick, Center Wisconsin…also Brandon Hepburn, LB Florida A&M, Brian Winters, Center Kent State, Eric Kush, Center California Pennsylvania, Garrett Gilkey, OG Chadron State, Gerald Hodges, LB Penn State, Hugh Thornton, OG Illinois…wrestling participation with NFL draftees appears to be down significantly from ten years ago. It is unfortunate because wrestling is a great offseason training tool for high school football players.
- High school basketball was very popular with NFL draftees approximately 122 players participated or 48%. It was particularly popular with tight ends and quarterbacks as 13 of 16 drafted tight ends played and seven of 11 quarterbacks.
- By our count 13 drafted players were collegiate track and field athletes. Cobi Hamilton WR, Kenjon Barner RB, Corey Fuller WR, Brandon McGee CB, Denard Robinson QB / WR, Will Davis CB, Markus Wheaton WR, Marquise Goodwin WR, Terron Armstead OT, Margus Hunt DE, Justin Hunter WR, Cordarrelle Patterson WR and Ezekiel Ansah DE.
- Overall approximately 211 of 254 (83%) drafted players from 2013 participated in at least one other high school sport outside of football. This is similar to the overall multi-sport participation average we’ve seen since 2008 of roughly 85%. Track and field continues to be the most popular “other” high school sport with NFL draftees followed closely by basketball. The most popular high school participation duo is basketball and track with approximately 59 (23%) of this year’s drafted players participating in both.
- Final thought…with the explosion of football camps, combines, club teams, club sports and personalized individual training all competing for high school athletes it is amazing that kids today don’t specialize in higher numbers. But the multi-sport numbers from the draft tell the story and football players are still participating in multiple sports at high levels…85% is pretty good. I hope it continues in future years.