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Which Former Basketball Cat Would You Draft?

This past weekend former Miami Cane power forward made waves when he signed a free agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts despite having never played a down of football. Here’s the story from yahoo:

Most NFL prospects first donned shoulder pads and a helmet while playing for a local youth league team or for their high school.

Erik Swoope’s first football practice will be at a slightly higher level.

Swoope, a power forward on the University of Miami’s basketball team the past four years, signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent Saturday night and is considered a candidate to make the team’s practice squad as a developmental prospect at tight end. The 6-foot-5 California native has never played so much as a snap of organized football at any level before.

So that all begs the question, if you were an NFL GM and you could draft any former Cat to play football which one would you take? Here are some of my favorites:

Jamal Mashburn – Tight End

Mash was a freak athlete and like Swoope he could translate into a mean tight end. At 6-8 he’d be an even bigger target than basketball convert Jimmy Graham. Along with his wingspan and leaping ability he could be a lethal weapon for any QB in the league.

Eric Bledsoe- Wide Reciever

Bledsoe could be a wideout in the mold of Steve Smith. With the combination of speed and power that leads to multiple pro bowl selections Bled could but up big numbers just based off raw athleticism. Similarly built Tony Delk could be a nice target too.

Kelenna Azubuike- Defensive End

The largest arms in Lexington could have been a mean force coming off the edges towards opposing QBs. Kelenna could be a JJ Watt type of player able to blitz opposing lines or use his long arms to disrupt passes.

Which former basketball player would you pick to put on the pads?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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48 Comments for Which Former Basketball Cat Would You Draft?



  1. Usefulijit
    9:13 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Ravi Moss



  2. BBN
    9:16 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    John wall or Rondo at QB. Sean May from Carolina could play O Line.



  3. twnky
    9:17 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Rondo as a cb or safety



  4. KYKurt
    9:18 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    WCS at wide receiver! Or course!



    • TDog
      9:19 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      Wait. He played football? Are you serious.



    • KYKurt
      9:52 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah! I think he played WR in high school! Lol



    • Cal's Coffin
      10:08 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      WCS is an obvious choice. Only problem is he isn’t a former player.



  5. Rich A
    9:19 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Chuck Hayes tight end or anywhere else he wanted to play…



  6. Haha
    9:20 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Buike at LB



  7. nightmonster
    9:23 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Randall or cusions both at defensive end.



  8. woo's gummy snacks
    9:25 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    E Bled- safety or cornerback

    John Wall- WR

    Julius Randall- tight end

    Deandre Liggins- WR (def has the heart to run routs and play with wreckless abandon)



    • Carolyn Kyles
      9:38 am May 13, 2014 Permalink

      Randall? C’mon, man get it together.



  9. Ryan
    9:40 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Chuck Hayes at TE. There was some talk of him going to the NFL as a TE anyway after he graduated. Would have fit in nicely there. Perfect size and great athleticism.



    • Catlanta Fan
      11:55 am May 13, 2014 Permalink

      Exactly what I was going to say



  10. Michael Sam
    9:43 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    John Wall – WR, no question

    Eric Bledsoe – CB/S, honestly don’t understand how one could under-utilize his skill set for one of the most important positions in football nowadays. His agility and leaping ability would make him an unbelievable FS.

    Darius Miller – TE

    Boogie – LT

    Brandon Knight – QB, good height and IQ. Also a fantastic leader

    Chuck Hayes – G/C. If he were to add like 50/60 lbs to his frame he’d be an absolute beast in the trenches.



  11. Deacon
    9:48 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Anthony Davis as a specialist at blocking Field Goals and extra points. Seriously, though, it would have to be Richard Madison (played in the 80’s) as a DE or Tight end.



  12. OneAndDone
    9:49 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Patrick Patterson- Linebacker/TE
    Rondo- slot WR
    Bledsoe- Free Safety
    John Wall- WR
    Cliff Hawkins- WR



  13. Gowcats
    9:50 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    James Lee from the ’78 team as TE.



  14. Hicks
    9:58 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Dakari Johnson- place kicker



  15. cuts cats
    10:03 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Boogie @ QB



  16. Okolona
    10:04 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    WR- Anthony Epps, QB- Rajon Rondo, QB- Ramel Bradley, TE/DE- Chuck Hayes, RB-Tyler Ullis, Tackling Dummy- Billy Clyde



  17. Usefijit
    10:15 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Dwight Anderson kick returns



  18. I'm a Dealer for the People
    10:18 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Shagari Alleyne for special teams. I’d put him in to block field goals and point after attempts. I might also send him wide on a short and goal, throw high….Touchdown Kentucky.



  19. JEREMY
    10:22 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    The twins at DB.



    • Deacon
      10:26 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      You did see what quick guards did to them. What do you think an NFL receiver would do? New nickname for the duo, “Burnt and Toast.”



    • Catlanta Fan
      11:56 am May 13, 2014 Permalink

      ummm..I’m assuming you don’t know much about football..lol



  20. JEREMY
    10:23 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Epps or Teague or D Hawkins at running back



  21. JEREMY
    10:24 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Boogie at DE



  22. JEREMY
    10:25 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    MKG at linbacker or DE



  23. JEREMY
    10:26 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Rondo at QB or DB



  24. shooter
    10:28 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Winston Bennett at defensive end



  25. Wes
    10:34 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Michael Porter at QB. Heisman



    • Michael Porked her
      11:01 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      Well he had a scholarship offer from USC (the real one) to play DB



  26. Chris Linton
    10:38 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    I cant believe no one has said randle at defensive end hes the perfect size. He would be explosive off the edge



    • Michael Porked her
      11:03 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      And i believe you might be the first to spell his name correctly in this comments section…horrible.



  27. Beaumont
    11:02 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Steve Masiello – water boy



  28. Jay Dub
    11:45 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Richard Madison at QB. I recall that he was heavily recruited at that position. Great athlete. Wished he would have fulfilled his potential at basketball.



  29. The Dude
    12:17 am May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Patrick Patterson at tight end



  30. Shocklee
    1:14 am May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Mark curry – long snapper. He has all the physical tools. He would revolutionize the position.



  31. dreadpirate
    8:19 am May 13, 2014 Permalink

    There is only one answer for this question: Charles Hurt



  32. kyle heavy
    8:56 am May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Wall- WR
    Bledsoe- Safety
    Azubuike- Linebacker
    Hayes- Tight End
    Rondo- DB
    Mayes- RB
    Patterson- DE
    Poythress- DE



  33. Ryan
    9:16 am May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Brian Long – Offensive Guard



  34. Catlanta Fan
    12:00 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Pat Patterson – DE

    Hayes – TE

    Bledsoe – DB or RB

    Azuibuike – LB

    Wall – WR



  35. Joey
    12:02 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Charles hurt at linebacker !!



  36. Doovie
    12:19 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    How about Shagari on Special Teams… “Block that kick…block that kick….block that kick…”



  37. boo boo
    12:41 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    WCS, of course!



  38. Shawn
    3:01 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Id let Davis and Cousins line up In a twin TE set and let Boogie destroy would be tacklers then In the red zone just tell Davis to go up and get It.



  39. D. Boggs
    1:36 am May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Charles Hurt (TE)