Quarterback: Carl Crawford
As a former high school quarterback and Nebraska commit, Carl Crawford is one of MLB’s most impressive all-around athletes. Crawford was recruited as an option-style QB out of high school, where he ran an astounding 4.21 in the 40-yard dash, and had offers from powerhouses like Nebraska, Oklahoma, Michigan and USC. With our lack of size on the offensive line, Crawford’s ability to run the option offense should allow us to use the width of the field and keep our line from getting hammered in pass protection. Crawford, who once stole 60 bases in a season, is a smart runner on the baseball field, which we hope will transfer well to the QB position.
NFL Comparison: Michael Vick
This backfield combines the speed of Dee Gordon, who lead the major leagues in stolen bases in 2015, with the power of Alex Gordon, who is listed at 6’1″, 220 lbs and has consistently punished the outfield wall in Kansas City throughout his time in the major leagues. Dee Gordon is one of the fastest players in league history, and while he does not possess home run power on the baseball field, he represents a constant home run threat as a running back. His blazing speed should play well alongside Carl Crawford. Sharing the load in the backfield will be Alex Gordon, whose instincts in the outfield have made him one of the best defensive players in baseball. At 220 lbs, Alex should also be able to fight for those extras yards that are so important in the playoffs.
NFL Comparisons: Chris Johnson and Frank Gore
Samardzija was an All-American wide receiver at Notre Dame, and almost assuredly would have been drafted highly had he chosen to play football professionally. Samardzija stands at 6’5″, 225 lbs, and was a matchup nightmare for defensive backs in college, making him an easy choice as a receiver. The second receiver spot goes to Lorenzo Cain, whose combination of size, at 6’2″, 205 lbs, and speed have helped make him one of the best outfielders in baseball. Cain’s ability to read balls and take direct routes should bode well for him as a receiver, as he possesses some of the league’s best instincts. Crawford should have no problem getting the ball to these two in passing situations.
NFL Comparisons: Eric Decker and Pierre Garcon
Tight End: Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton has both the size and athletic ability to indicate that he would be a very good tight end. Even at 6’6″, 240 lbs, Stanton plays the outfield very well and maintains very good mobility even as he has added bulk. Stanton also has a background in football, as he was a standout wide receiver in high school, averaging better than 26 yards per reception and scoring 11 touchdowns in his senior year. Stanton seems as though he would be more than capable of playing tight end if given the opportunity.
NFL Comparison: Kellen Winslow, Jr.