By Nick Villano @nick_villano on July 3, 2014
Everyone remembers two decades ago when players like Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders played in both the NFL and MLB at the same time. Sports teams don't want to take those kinds of chances anymore, leaving us to think hypothetically whether a player could play in both sports. These 10 players could make it in either league.
Curtis Granderson is having an up-and-down season for the New York Mets. While he is having trouble keeping his batting average up, one thing is undeniable, he is a generational talent. His speed and skills combo are second to none. He has a huge reach and can cover a ton of ground in Citi Field. He would make a greak kick/punt returning.
Carlos Gomez showed this season that he has the right attitude to be a football player. He has the speed and the power to keep up with elite athletes. He would make a great cornerback because he is fearless and would be able to take the necessary chances to succeed.
While Adam Jones is not having the MVP campaign he was having in the past few seasons, he is still one of the best in the league. He is an elite outfielder, winning a Gold Glove for centerfield last season. If he can catch a tiny baseball that gets lost in the sun, catching a football that someone is throwing at you would be easier. He would make a great wide receiver.
Yasiel Puig is a true five-tool player. He has a great arm, break-neck speed, humungous power, a great batter's eye and he can catch the ball well. Those tools can easily translate to the NFL. He also has the extreme confidence that you see in most football players. At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Puig has the size and speed to be a great tight end in the NFL.
Paul Goldschmidt is one of the premiere first basemen in baseball. He is built like a brick house. Despite his size and position, he can still steal bases. He has 45 steals in a little over three seasons, he can also hit the ball a ton, he has 79 home runs in his short career and he's built like an outside linebacker. Catchers in baseball are happy they don't have to worry about this guy running into them anymore.
Here is another guy who has an equal amount of speed and power, which makes him a superstar. He is 6-foot-6 with a large wingspan. He has not been caught stealing so far this season. He would make a great safety and he knows how to roam the outfield, so he could probably do the same in a football field.
Last year's NL MVP is one of the best athletes in all of baseball. He could run from one side of the outfield to the other in seconds. His speed and ability to field show he is another candidate to play wide receiver. I hear the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for someone to play next to Antonio Brown.
Prince Fielder has the body of a defensive lineman. He may be a little too slow to play on the end, but he could definitely play at DT. He looks like he could hit someone pretty hard as well.
With how fast Billy Hamilton actually is, it is hard to believe anyone would be able to catch up with him. He needs to bulk up a little bit, but if he did, I think he could be an elite tailback. He could play like Chris Johnson in his prime when he could run around everyone. If he couldn't bulk up, he would at least be able to play like Dante Hall in his prime.
This is your quarterback. He is only 6-foot-1, which is a little below average for the position, but players like Russell Wilson and Drew Brees are smaller than that. He has a canon for an arm, and has the speed to get away from pass rushers. He could lead a team better than any of the QBs in LA currently.
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