Posts Tagged ‘track and field’

NFL Draft 2013 Multi-Sport Breakdown

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

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.

General observations:

  • 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.

 

 

John Capel another “track guy” that didn’t make it in the NFL

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Posted by Mark Branstad – Football Talent Advisors

Interesting interview piece here with John Capel, former Florida Gator receiver and 2003 World Champion 200 meter sprinter.  Capel talks openly about how tough it was/is to play big time collegiate football and be an elite track sprinter.  He also talks about the tough decisions ahead for current Florida Gator Jeff Demps. 

What I found most fascinating was Capel’s opinion that Florida’s players today are stronger, bigger, AND faster than when he was there.  He was also talking about today’s high school players too.  That is scary! 

Speaking of professional track and football – there’s been so much talk about Usain Bolt and the NFL I guess it’d be fun to really research this topic.  My next blog I’ll take a close look at this. 

My opinion right now, which isn’t worth much, is Bolt would have little incentive to give the NFL a try.  He’d be jeopardizing millions of dollars and risking injury threatening his future track career.  I believe he’d struggle like other professional track athletes that have tried to crossover with zero football background.  People often point to Justin Gatlin and how he failed to get signed after multiple tryouts with NFL teams.  We should keep in mind that Gatlin at least played football in high school and supposedly flirted around with joining the football team while at the University of Tennessee.  That’s the real key right there; Bolt has NO football background.  I’m sure Bolt could be coached as a decoy and fly pattern receiver but he’d likely never be a complete player. 

Before I end this it should be noted that John Capel’s personal problems (mentioned in the article interview) likely had as much to do with his failure to play in the NFL as his football performance or skill.  I don’t personally believe in the “track guy” label.  Being a good track athlete or sprinter in no way indicates or is linked to poor football performance or skill.  Many football commentators and gurus use the “track guy” label to conveniently write-off players with elite track backgrounds, even when the athlete in question has an extensive football resume.  Clearly the label is cliche and fairly baseless.  Again I’ll dive head first into this topic soon…