I think we’re dealing with different questions. I’m not talking about after they’ve been in the NFL for a couple years would they be elite sprinters; I’m saying do they have the talent to be elite sprinters? If yes, and they end up playing pro ball as expected, then football took away some talented would-be tracksters.
Yes, that would be the case if the NFL took elite sprinters, obviously in Today’s NFL climate you cannot be both unless you are juiced. There is no way the body could handle the stress and strain of track training at 250lbs at the same speeds they currently run without pharmaceutical help.
If we go with the Elite argument, what elite sprinter (sub 10.2 more 3 times) has gone to the NFL in the last 12 years?
So right now, we have 2 sprinters Holliday and Demps who have done this, but I don’t think either is going to the NFL although some idiot told Holliday he’s better suited for football professionally than he is track. I can’t remember the last time a 5-5 165 lb player made in the league Sproles at 5-6 is at or over 200 lbs and has lost a step over 40 yds since college days at k-state.
I would really like the 4 guys I listed to try to do both so when the football part doesn’t work out they have a fallback plan.