In the NFL, more so than in any other professional sport, it is quite rare to see a player switch from one position to another. This is largely due to the specialized positions in football, which might range from simply kicking a football to blocking 300-pound linemen.
However, after carefully assessing a number of players in the NFL this year, I have come up with five potential position changes that NFL coaches should definitely consider.
Reggie Bush: Running Back to Wide Receiver
At this point, there might be no more dynamic player in the NFL than Reggie Bush. However, Reggie Bush has yet to prove that he can handle playing the running back position via more traditional means. As a result, his team at times has struggled to find ways to incorporate him into the offense.
One thing that Bush has proven, however, is that he can catch the ball as well as anyone. In fact, Reggie Bush is currently on pace to accumulate more receptions in his NFL career than just about any player in history.
Maybe the Saints should at least consider making Reggie Bush a full-time wide receiver. This way, Bush can keep doing what he does best while playing a position less prone to injury than the running back position. Bush can also build up some running yards off of reverse and trick plays.
Roy Williams: Strong Safety to Outside Linebacker
At approximately 230 pounds, Roy Williams is a very big safety. For years Williams' size and strength have made him one of the most dangerous safeties in the game when playing up near the line of scrimmage.
Tt the same time, Williams has also been a very weak player in terms of his coverage, a quality that is quintessential for any defensive back. Maybe the Cowboys should consider letting Roy Williams play up near the line full-time.
Vernon Davis: Tight End to Wide Receiver
In the entire history of the NFL, there haven't been too many 250-pound players who have been able to run a 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds. However, that's exactly what Vernon can do.
In short, Vernon has the physical ability to be one of the greatest tight ends in the history of football.
But in his few years in the NFL, Vernon has been a huge disappointment for the 49ers, largely because the team fails to utilize the tight end in their passing game. The 49ers should consider moving Vernon to wide receiver. As a receiver, Vernon would surely have enough speed to be a deep threat, and at the same time he'd have the size and power to overwhelm smaller cornerbacks.
In addition, at 250 pounds, Vernon would absolutely dominate cornerbacks in blocking situations, thereby allowing him to have an impact on the game similar to that of Hines Ward.
Seneca Wallace: Quarterback to Wide Receiver
Seneca Wallace is the backup quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. While Seneca seems to be on a path that will have him as a backup quarterback for the duration of his career, there are many people within football who believe that Seneca Wallace is so athletic that he could become a Pro Bowl-caliber wide receiver if he so desired.
Wallace has certainly shown this to be possible. He played limited time at receiver for the Seahawks during the playoffs a few years back and made some big time receptions. The problem with this move, though, is that Seneca Wallace prefers to play the quarterback position. But it might be time for Wallace to try his hand at a full-time wide receiver.
Michael Robinson: Running Back to Quarterback
At Penn State, Michael Robinson was a very good college quarterback. Like many scrambling-type quarterbacks who enter the NFL, he was converted to a different position after being drafted.
Since that time, Michael Robinson hasn't accomplished much as a running back. This shows me that converting Robinson to the running back position simply wasn't a smart move. Maybe he should be given a chance to show what he could do as a quarterback in the NFL. After all, it's not like San Francisco has anyone better at the quarterback position.