What is the easiest position for transition from college to pros, and will that dictate who the 49ers pick with their #7 pick. Very few rookies start their first year, and even fewer can do it with no prep time at all. One of the exceptions was Crabtree. After a long holdout he was able to step in an actually produce with about 10 days of training.
The other end of the spectrum was J. Russell. Maybe he isn’t a great example because he has no work ethic, but it shows that some positions are easier to make the switch. If we draft a QB with #7 and the first year is going to be a complete waste, why not wait a year when there is a mathematical shot at getting Luck, whereas right now there is zero chance.
Never playing football I would guess that the easiest positions to transfer from college to pros would be kicker and punter… but that isn’t going to happen. I have seen that running back and D-Line is easy also, but we wouldn’t draft a running back, and while D-Line is a possibility I don’t see it happening.
Between CB and OLB I would think that CB would be the easiest to make the transition. You have your guy, you cover your guy, and while NFL receivers are faster than college ones I don’t see things being more complex. With OLBs you have to worry about blitzing, dropping in coverage, spying the QB and other stuff. It seems more complex than being a CB.
So my question is that if there is only 10 days of camp before the season starts, who couple step in immediately and make a difference; a CB or OLB?