Marcus Hudson isn't a well-known player, but led the Panthers in special teams tackles in 2010. (Icon Sports)

While reading an article by Matt Bowen about how undrafted players need to be ready to play special teams, a question popped-up in my head:

“If playing special teams is going to be the way many guys stick around in the league, would it have helped them out to play more special teams in college?”

Granted, some people say that I think a lot, and some times too much, but seriously…  If the way a guy plays special teams has such an impact on their staying power in the NFL, wouldn’t it be in their best interest to play more special teams in college?

After all, they say repetition is the mother of skill, right?

On the flip side, I realize that everybody in the league was a starter in college and that starters rarely, if ever, play special teams, but hear me out.

Let’s say that a college player (let’s call him John Random) is in the middle of his senior season in college and he knows that he’s going to be a fringe guy (aka 7th rd pick or Undrafted Free Agent).  As Matt points out in his post, players like John usually have to make it happen on special teams to earn a spot on the roster.

Knowing this, wouldn’t it make sense for John to ask his college coaches to let him

 

play more special teams so he can prepare himself to win a spot in the NFL?

When I first asked myself that question, I said to myself, “most college coaches would probably frown upon their star players playing special teams full-time,” but maybe not.  Let’s be real.  The amount of players a program puts into the league definitely affects their recruiting efforts.

It benefits the coach’s career, as well as the school’s recruiting efforts for the next season.

I could be wrong though, definitely wouldn’t be the first time.

So I pose the question to you.  Should college football players that are on the fringe play more special teams to increase their chances of making NFL rosters in the fall? Leave a comment!

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