Ian Boyd looks at the supply and demand of certain types of collegiate basketball players and thinks it’s going to have an impact… on college football.
Every year college basketball is producing 6’8″ 250 pound athletes that can’t shoot or move their feet well enough to provide a superior option at power forward over a perimeter player and are too short to stand out at center where the 6’10″+ freaks tend to congregate. The college game is starting to phase these guys out as well in favor of putting more perimeter players on the floor.
The inevitable result? A supply-side economic impact on the game of football, which has no end of opportunities for guys that are tall and powerful.
Meanwhile, football is moving in a direction where taller players are more and more welcome. Back when the game was all about the scrum and flanking opponents with big bodies at the point of attack, it didn’t necessarily pay to be a taller guy.
In a battle between a blocker and a defender the low man is going to win and it’s hard to be the low man if you are much taller than the other guy. But football is no longer being determined as much by these battles but instead by the kinds of physical confrontations that take place in the passing game.
I’m not sure I find that convincing, but it’s certainly intriguing.