Originally Posted by WVRed
I agree with you on the NBA. The NFL is a completely different animal.
Kids coming out of high school are not physically (or mentally) able to play at the NFL level. It takes years of development that makes college a necessity. Do you think a top QB prospect coming out of HS could learn a NFL playbook? Or even a Dorial Green-Beckham (top WR prospect and top overall prospect) would be able to handle being hit by a James Harrison or another NFL linebacker?
The problem I have with the NBA's old system of players coming out of HS is that it cheapens the college game. You might get one top 5 prospect who decides to go to college (Carmelo Anthony), and its usually for one year. That's why I've said the MLB model works the best, you have the option to go out of HS, but if not, you have to wait three years before reapplying.
No, I dont. But with all the money the NFL has, they could set up a minor league system. You would still have to be 21(or whatever age they chose) to get to the league. They could have 8-10 teams at different levels(AAA,AA,A). Single A would be for the kids right out of high school and they could "baby" them along. The kids would advance up the ladder as the league saw fit depending on physical and mental toughness. But no one makes it to the "bigs" until they are 21-22. Sounds far fetched, but the NFL could do it.
I think in basketball, the college game has been "cheapened" in general due to guys leaving early period. It aint just "one and done", it also is "two and done". Back 30 years ago it didnt happen that much and was reserved for the truly elite players. Somewhere in the mid to late 80's things started getting out of hand.