I watched last years competetion and was impressed with the athleticism of the winner, Brian Shaw, who is from Ft. Lupton, Colorado, as well as the 2nd place finisher. Do we ever send scouts to these events?
Shaw is 6'8" 460. maybe he's too tall, but if he can bend and show some flexibility, he'd be a heck of a DT or RT. He was running with logs and huge boulders and doing all kinds of athletic, functional strength maneuvers. I'm sure they don't make so much money that an NFL salary can't compete. I'm sure taking 7th round fliers on stars from other sports with NFL bodies would eventually pay off bigtime. Would we even have to draft these guys? Or could they be UD freeagents? Im sure we could send out scouts for some private workouts. Hell, pay a guy 10K to let us work'em out. I'd at least scout all the heavyweight wrestlers in college and the best from overseas. Why hasn't a positional rugby player ever made the transition to NFL Football? You can't get me to believe they aren't physically and mentally ready. Imagine telling one of those guys, "Hey, here's a helmet and some pads... Lemme see if you can hit!?" The rugby player would be insulted. Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, gymnastics, the Olympics, every sport seems to be thouroughly integrated with stars from all over the world. I realize NFL Football isn't as popular worldwide(but $$$$ is), even though the Super Bowl is the world's most watched event every year. I remember the Chiefs taught Christian Okoye to play football, as he only played the game for a year or so at a tiny college after being begged by the coach. He was a track and field star, but throwing stuff,(shotput, discus, hammerthrow) not running or jumping. He was a 2nd round pick. He didn't even like Football, and had to be stalked into trying it. Please Mr. Elway, be known as one of the mordern day innovators, and be the first to methodically search other countries and sports for quality athletes that can transition to the NFL. You're in the Hall as a player, get a 2nd Bust as a GM/Owner by finding us a Dirk Nowitzski, or at least being the franchise that started SERIOUSLY scouting all corners of the earth.