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    Cool Coverting WR to CB

    I'm a Bears fan and i have often wonder why teams who already have a strong recieving core dont attempt or seems like they don't attempt to convert some of the extra reciever into DB's i just stand it would be a project but if they pan out it would be well worth it any ideas?

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    Well Stanley Jean Baptiste did it, he was a WR here for his first 2 years (Nebraska) and then converted to corner for his junior and senior seasons and was really good. It can be done.

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    There are several factors that go into a conversion.. It's not as easy as "hey guy, you are now a DB."

    How well can the player back pedal?
    He will need to be able to TACKLE! (and properly at that-no head targeting)
    He needs to understand the angle of pursuit..
    He will need to learn and understand all coverages and what to do in every possible situation..

    A bunch of coaching will need to be involved in this process, but you have to have an athlete first capable of making the switch.. It is much easier to look to the draft or FA for guys that already have experience playing the position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorldChamps1908 View Post
    There are several factors that go into a conversion.. It's not as easy as "hey guy, you are now a DB."

    How well can the player back pedal?
    He will need to be able to TACKLE! (and properly at that-no head targeting)
    He needs to understand the angle of pursuit..
    He will need to learn and understand all coverages and what to do in every possible situation..

    A bunch of coaching will need to be involved in this process, but you have to have an athlete first capable of making the switch.. It is much easier to look to the draft or FA for guys that already have experience playing the position.
    I understand what it would take i coach football, basketball, baseball and martial arts and i am very familiar with position change and transition and its not as hard has you make it out to be for someone who is wiling and an athlete as opposed to just a football player. My question is why isn't it something that done more often on the professional level with teams in need of size and speed at the CB position. Tackling is something that should be learned from peewee football and just fine tuned as you progress and get older. 80-90 percent of the players in the NFL now don't know how to tackle so that isn't the issue one of the best cover coners ever couldn't tackle to save his life.

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    Why isn't it done? Probably because if you need a CB, you'd just go and get a CB (or whatever position you need). Why would you waste a guy in the pros who you know is one of the best in the world at his position in hopes that he can be successful elsewhere?


    And before anyone pulls the Devin Hester card, Devin Hester was a return man only. Calling him a CB when he entered the league was a bit of a joke. Moving him to WR was an effort to get him more playing time - not different playing time.


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    Aromashodu could've been the next Sherman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by db75 View Post
    Why isn't it done? Probably because if you need a CB, you'd just go and get a CB (or whatever position you need). Why would you waste a guy in the pros who you know is one of the best in the world at his position in hopes that he can be successful elsewhere?


    And before anyone pulls the Devin Hester card, Devin Hester was a return man only. Calling him a CB when he entered the league was a bit of a joke. Moving him to WR was an effort to get him more playing time - not different playing time.
    How do you figure they are one of the best when they aren't even getting playing time? You have skill players on the practice squad that play reciever and will never get the chance to play because they couldn't catch a cold they have great size 6'2 / 6'3 good speed 4.4 and are very good athletes makes perfect since to me to try them as a project at a position they could potentially thrive at. Maybe you should read the persons post before you try responding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WOwolfOL View Post
    Aromashodu could've been the next Sherman!


    Aromashodu is a perfect example his pass catching is okay but he has good size and can run. He's not a reciever who is going to get a lot of looks why not try him on the defensive side of the ball? Good point WOwolfOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anutda1 View Post
    How do you figure they are one of the best when they aren't even getting playing time? You have skill players on the practice squad that play reciever and will never get the chance to play because they couldn't catch a cold they have great size 6'2 / 6'3 good speed 4.4 and are very good athletes makes perfect since to me to try them as a project at a position they could potentially thrive at. Maybe you should read the persons post before you try responding.
    Maybe you should try and understand that if you're in the best league in the whole ****ing world, you're one of the best at your position in the whole ****ing world.

    ****ing up someone's development at a position they're familiar with just because you have other people there is not a smart strategy in the NFL. That shouldn't have to be explained to you.

    You see it in college because you have guys training for their careers. If they can't cut it at their college at a position, they're not going to cut it in the NFL. And if they can't cut a switch, their career path is going to have to change. The NFL isn't some big experiment to see if **** works.


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    Quote Originally Posted by db75 View Post
    Maybe you should try and understand that if you're in the best league in the whole ****ing world, you're one of the best at your position in the whole ****ing world.

    ****ing up someone's development at a position they're familiar with just because you have other people there is not a smart strategy in the NFL. That shouldn't have to be explained to you.

    You see it in college because you have guys training for their careers. If they can't cut it at their college at a position, they're not going to cut it in the NFL. And if they can't cut a switch, their career path is going to have to change. The NFL isn't some big experiment to see if **** works.

    You make no ****ing sense there are several player in the NFL that are not playing the same position they started off playing when they came to the NFL. Because your in the NFL doesn't make you one of the Best players in the world do you know how stupid that sounds? There are hundreds of less than average players playing in the NFL plenty of people on the streets or playing in lesser leagues that are better than some players in the NFL get the **** outta here with that ****

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anutda1 View Post
    You make no ****ing sense there are several player in the NFL that are not playing the same position they started off playing when they came to the NFL. Because your in the NFL doesn't make you one of the Best players in the world do you know how stupid that sounds? There are hundreds of less than average players playing in the NFL plenty of people on the streets or playing in lesser leagues that are better than some players in the NFL get the **** outta here with that ****


    If you paid attention to what you read you would also notice i said players who are on the practice squad and would other wise not make the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by db75 View Post
    Maybe you should try and understand that if you're in the best league in the whole ****ing world, you're one of the best at your position in the whole ****ing world.

    ****ing up someone's development at a position they're familiar with just because you have other people there is not a smart strategy in the NFL. That shouldn't have to be explained to you.

    You see it in college because you have guys training for their careers. If they can't cut it at their college at a position, they're not going to cut it in the NFL. And if they can't cut a switch, their career path is going to have to change. The NFL isn't some big experiment to see if **** works.
    Sherman was a wr at Stanford first....

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    That was my point why more teams don't attempt to do that with WR they know wont make it as WR

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    The skills really aren't transferable IMO. There only a couple of commonalities between the two: the ability to explode out of breaks; and footwork in the breaks off the top of my head. By the time a player gets to the NFL, they have likely been playing their current position for a long time. Raw athletic ability will get a player through a position change in HS and maybe college, but not in the NFL.

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    Just for arguments sake, was Troy Brown a CB in college?

    Per wiki, it appears he was not...
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