As college basketball teams across the country reevaluate their rosters for the 2016-2017 season one Big 12 standout is lacing up his cleats for his first days of practice in the NFL.
Baylor basketball star Rico Gathers (6ft. 7in., 270lbs.) was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 6th round of this year’s draft after not playing football for 9 years. Gathers’ pro day was visited by 26 teams and there is little question as to why as Gathers’ posted a 40-yard-dash time of 4.65; for comparison, New England Patriots star Tight End Rob Gronkowski posted a 40 time of 4.85. Gathers’ is not the the first player to go from NCAA Basketball to NFL Football, in fact, he joins a list of some very notable NFL names including: Antonio Gates, Martellus Bennett, Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas. The Dallas Cowboys currently employ five Tight Ends including Gathers, but the team has said they are interested in seeing how he can play at Defensive End as well. Fans seemed to be grateful for a front office risk that is focused on a potential future star, and ESPN’s Mel Kieper called the pick, “a great coin-flip late.” Gathers knows it will be an uphill battle readjusting to playing football and most certainly doing so against the best in the world, as he puts it, “It’s going to be much harder than eight grade was.”