25 Female Athletes Who Could Make Your Favorite NFL Team’s Roster Today

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25 Female Athletes Who Could Make Your Favorite NFL Team's Roster

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

It's tough to make an NFL team. There are plenty of talented football players working hard trying to make a roster who can attest to that fact. They've worked their whole life to get a shot at making an NFL team, but some players switch to football later in life.

To make the switch you would need extraordinary physical skills. Strength, speed and agility are just a few of the traits that NFL teams are looking for in their players.

But those skills aren’t just for the men. There are female athletes out there with amazing physical skills as well. Whether it's basketball players who are tall and strong, soccer players with quickness or tennis players with strength, women's sports are full of great athletes.

And some of those athletes would transfer to the football field with ease. Not just in places like kicker or punter either, as these ladies could play all over the field from offense to defense.

NFL teams are looking for players with specialty skill more and more these days. You have diminutive third-down backs, tall receivers and strong linemen. There are women in sports who have all those same kinds of skills.

And toughness, don't forget about toughness. We all know you have to be tough to play NFL football. But we also know that women's sports, especially at the elite levels, are tough to play too. Just watch WNBA players battle down low or soccer players take a hit while trying to score a goal.

Sure, making an NFL team is really hard, but the women on this list are great athletes who have the kind of skills that football teams are looking for.

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25. Hope Solo

Hope Solo
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Position: Free Safety

Women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo is an expert at playing the ball in the air and keeping everything in front of her.

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24. Valerie Adams

Valerie Adams
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Position: Linebacker

An Olympic shot-putter from New Zealand, Valerie Adams has the strength to shed blockers and make plays.

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23. Skylar Diggins

Skylar Diggins
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Position: Running Back

A floor leader known for her vision and toughness, Skylar Diggins is used to finding holes in the defense.

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22. Veronica Campbell-Brown

Veronica Campbell-Brown
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Position: Wide Receiver

One of the fastest women in the world, Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown would make a great deep threat.

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21. Diana Taurasi

Diana Taurasi
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Position: Running Back

With her quickness and coordination, Diana Taurasi would be dangerous in the open field.

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20. Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin
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Position: Defensive End

Tall, strong and long, Natalie Coughlin could get in the passing lanes and disrupt the opposing quarterback.

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19. Carmelita Jeter

Carmelita Jeter
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Position: Wide Receiver

One of the fastest women in the world, Carmelita Jeter could get behind the defense and break open a game on any play.

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18. Sydney Leroux

Sydney Leroux
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Position: Possession Receiver

Every team needs a receiver who can work over the middle of the field and move the chains. Strong and skillfull, Sydney Leroux could make the critical catches that keep a drive alive.

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17. Julia Mancuso

Julia Mancuso
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Position: Running Back

You have to have some serious lower-body strength to be a world-class downhill skier, the same kind of lower-body strength that NFL running backs have.

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16. Lolo Jones

Lolo Jones
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Position: Safety

A great all around athlete, Olympian Lolo Jones has proven that she can excel at many different sports.

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15. Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach
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Position: Cornerback

Abby Wambach is one of the leaders on the women's national team. Her speed and quickness would help her make plays in the defensive secondary.

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14. Linda Stahl

Linda Stahl
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Position: Quarterback

Linda Stahl won bronze in the javelin at the 2012 Olympics. That's the kind of strong arm the NFL is looking for.

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13. Misty May Treanor

Misty May Treanor
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Position: Cornerback

With her ball skills and leaping ability, Misty May Treanor could lock down NFL receivers.

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12. Toni Young

Toni Young
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Position: Wide Receiver

Toni Young, who was just drafted into the WNBA, stands 6'2" tall and would be a valuable red-zone target.

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11. Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey
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Position: Linebacker

Ronda Rousey is one of the best female MMA fighters in the world. She brings the kind of intensity you need on an NFL field.

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10. Candace Parker

Candace Parker
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Position: Tight End

Candace Parker has the combination of size and strength that NFL teams covet in their tight ends. Throw in her leaping ability and she would be the ideal red zone target.

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9. Sarah Robles

Sarah Robles
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Position: Defensive Line

Sarah Robles, an American Olympic weightlifter, has the size and strength to battle in the NFL trenches.

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8. Jennie Finch

Jennie Finch
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Position: Quarterback

Softball pitcher Jennie Finch has the arm strength and leadership NFL teams are looking for at the quarterback position.

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7. Venus Williams

Venus Williams
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Position: Defensive Back

Venus Williams has quickness, agility and good size. She could play safety or maybe even cornerback in the NFL.

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6. Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan
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Position: Slot Receiver

Every team in the NFL wants to find a good slot receiver these days. America's darling, soccer star Alex Morgan has the quickness, agility and toughness to make a living working the middle of the field.

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5. Shawn Johnson

Shawn Johnson
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Position: Third-Down Back

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson is small but strong, perfectly suited for a role as a third-down back.

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4. Holley Mangold

Holley Mangold
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Position: Offensive Line

Olympic weightlifter Holley Mangold, sister of New York Jets center Nick Mangold, could line up next to him on the offensive line in the NFL.

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3. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
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Position: Return Specialist

Speed kills in the NFL. You can use it anywhere on the field, but it's an especially devastating weapon on special teams. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the gold medal in the 100 meter sprint at the last two Olympics, is one of the fastest women on the planet.

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2. Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner
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Position: Wide Receiver

Brittney Griner, the most dominant women's basketball player right now, has all the skills to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. She's tall, fast and has good hands. Strong and tough with great leaping ability, she would be a force at wide receiver in the NFL.

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1. Serena Williams

Serena Williams
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Position: Pass-Rushing Outside Linebacker

Rushing the passer has become the most important part of playing defense in the NFL. Strong and quick, Serena Williams would be a disruptive force as a pass-rushing outside linebacker.

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