#21 Posted on 2.4.04 1207.37 Reposted on: 2.4.11 1209.05
Originally posted by evilwaldoEmotionally and mentally an 18 or 19 year old is not ready for the NFL. Chances are that person was coddled through high school and playing against competition where he was the fasted or biggest player on the field. When they come up to the college level everyone is bigger and faster than the people they played with in high school. In addition, they probably don't get to go home to mom and dad when there is a problem or they had a rough day. Talking on the phone and seeing the people in person are two different things. They have a guaranteed scholarship so there is a safety net there. In high school, if they played a skill position, the playbook was built around them. Go to college and they don't have that luxury.
Now try to make the jump to the professional level. No guaranteed contracts or safety net, nobody coddling them, friends wanting to hang out but the coaching staff pushing them to hit the weightroom, everyone is clearly bigger and faster than they are, and all of a sudden they need to learn to watch film 3 or 4 hours a day. Add to that a coach who is getting paid a couple of million dollars a year to win and is going to push that kid achieve now because his job is on the line.
Kids out of high school are not ready for that. The problem is that they see the fat contracts other sports stars get and figure that they want a piece of the pie.
My support of the NFL on this issue aside, weren't they saying the same things about high school basketball players and the NBA not too long ago. Some have proven they can make the adjustment. I'm sure at some point there will be THE high school football player who can step in and play for an NFL team. What if it was a kicker, who rarely sees contact?
Originally posted by dMrBut as far as I understand, the ruling makes no mention of age, but of years at college. The fact that a certain age is implied by having been to college for a certain time is irrelevant.
It is that three years are to have elapsed since the player's class graduated from high school. I think a guy could work at a loading dock for three years then put his name into the draft. Eric Swann played semi-pro football and was a first-round pick with no college experience.
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