The 2017 NFL Draft is coming at us quickly. The yearly extravaganza will take place in Philadelphia from Thursday, April 27 to Saturday, April 29 this year.
Over the span of three days, a whole host of former college football stars will find new homes where they will hopefully impress during the offseason and make a living playing on Sundays.
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Between now and the end of April, we will feature some of the NFL stars of tomorrow. Many of these are names from big time college football programs you will recognize, while some will be new to all but the most dedicated followers of the sport.
Every now and again when researching the draft and the prospects that are going to enter the NFL you get a player that is a complete wildcard with regards to his potential. Today we look at one such player in former Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. Ward is moving to wide receiver to try his hand at being a pro football player and American Athletic Conference defenses will attest to the fact that Ward is a playmaker regardless of his position on the field.
There was a time when transitioning from college quarterback to NFL receiver was considered to be a rarity. This is no longer the case and there are countless players who have made this switch, with some such as Julian Edelman of the Patriots, proving to be huge successes. Ward was one of the most electrifying athletes in the college game over the last few years, so some NFL team is going to give him a long, hard look to see if his skill set can translate to playing on Sundays.
This video of Ward's senior season shows just how quick and elusive he can be. While the position will change, the basics of avoiding players to find space and gain yards remain the same. In 2015 Ward rushed for over 1,100 yards and scored 21 touchdowns and it that obvious nose for the end zone that teams will be especially interested in when considering Ward as an option on draft day.