NFL Draft 2012: 5 College Basketball Players Who Could Make the Switch

Matt SmithContributor IIIApril 23, 2012

NFL Draft 2012: 5 College Basketball Players Who Could Make the Switch

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    Drafting, even among a pool of college football players, is an inexact science.

    What if you were to draft only from a group of college basketball players who may not have played a lick of football in there life?

    It'd be a group of players with a steep learning curve who need a lot of time to develop, but it's a realistic possibility considering the young age of many basketball players.

    If that situation were to come to real life, there are five prospects that could make the transition to NFL life easier than their peers.

Royce White, F, Iowa State

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    A 6'8", 270 pound forward who at times acts as a point guard for Iowa State would be surely draw some attention if he announced his intentions to join the NBA-NFL merged draft.

    What position he'd play I'm not quite sure, but I'm leaning towards offensive tackle.

    He's already 270 pounds and while he needs to convert his weight to muscle and add a lot more, there's always a place for a mammoth, athletic player with good hands.

    Either that or he drops weight to become a massive tight end. I like offensive tackle more though.

Phil Pressey, G, Missouri

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    While this is arguably the biggest stretch of this slideshow, it makes sense in a way.

    Pressey is 5'10", 175 pounds. He's an elite defender who averaged 2.11 steals per game.

    On the court, he had to stay with his defender and pick the opportune time to pick the ball-handler's pocket or deflect the pass.

    If he can stay with his man at cornerback like he can stick to his man on the court, you'd have yourself a nice cornerback.

O.D. Anosike, F, Siena

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    Now, I'm not going to pretend to know a lot about O.D. Anosike, because I don't.

    However, I do know that he's 6'8", 232 pounds and led the NCAA in rebounds per game with 12.5.

    If he added weight, he could be a big tight end prospect with the ability to serve as a big red-zone target.

    After all, tight ends are all the rage in the NFL now, right?

Tony Wroten, G, Washington

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    Wroten actually has a few positions he could play here.

    At 6'5", 205 pounds, Wroten could add a little weight to his frame and then have an NFL ready body.

    Wroten has excellent court vision, which, though unproven, could translate to excellent field vision. He's a good passer on the court as well, so as long as he builds up the arm strength to make NFL throws he could be a quarterback project.

    On the other hand, his athleticism at 6'5" would also make him an enticing wide receiver.

Kendall Marshall, G, UNC

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    Slightly smaller than previous point guard Tony Wroten, Marshall still has good height for a quarterback at 6'4" although at 195 pounds he'd have to add a lot of weight.

    Not a fantastic athlete by basketball means, Marshall would still be able to move around in the pocket if necessary in the NFL.

    He sees the floor perhaps better than any player in college basketball and he's got the IQ to be an intriguing quarterback.