The Indianapolis Colts have signed Erik Swoops, a 6-5 220 pound basketball player from the University of Miami to play Tight End. How often do players in college basketball convert to the NFL? Well here is the list of players who played college basketball, and then made the transition to the NFL.
Jimmy Graham: Played for University of Miami. Now a tight end for the New Orleans Saints
Donovan McNabb: Played guard for Syracuse. And had a very long successful NFL career playing QB for multiple teams.
Antwaan Randle El: Former wide receiver played one year of basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers.
Terrell Owens: Played for Tennessee-Chatanooga for awhile. Had a legendary career as a wide receiver in the NFL.
Tony Gonzalez: Played for the California Bears and had a very successful career as a Tight End in the NFL.
Julius Peppers: Played for North Carolina. Playing defensive end for the Green Bay Packers, has had an hall-of-fame career.
Antonio Gates: Played for Kent State. Still playing Tight End for the San Diego Chargers and has had a great career.
Other notable players: Vincent Jackson, Martellus Bennett, and Julius Thomas.
As you see most of the players have had pretty great careers in the NFL as either Tight Ends, Wide Receivers, or Defensive Ends. Will Erik Swoops be the next Tony Gonzalez or Antonio Gates? Past players have proven that it is possible.