Tucker skeptical of position switches for rookies

Posted by Chris Brown on July 8, 2009 – 6:57 pm

Former Bills offensive lineman and SI.com writer Ross Tucker, is expressing concern over some of the position switches planned for some of the league’s top draft choices from this past spring.

He discusses Brian Orakpo, Jason Smith and Andre Smith among others, but does not mention any of Buffalo’s four players who will be making transitions.

Eric Wood is moving from center to guard, Andy Levitre from tackle to guard (though he has guard experience), Jairus Byrd from corner to safety (though he played safety in HS) and Nic Harris from safety to linebacker.

Still Tucker raises some good questions as to why having a rookie change positions his first year in the league can make that player’s transition more challenging.

I think because the Bills projected position switchers are highly intelligent, the transitions for them (Wood, Byrd, Levitre and Harris) will not make for as steep a learning curve as some other players around the league.

Still it’s an interesting question to raise.


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