So with Glen Davis (or, as the kids call him, Big Baby) sidelined for a few weeks to rehab the thumb he broke by getting punchy, Davis has a lot of time on his hands. He can think about things. Maybe do some whittling. Give up on that on account of the broken thumb. Get back to thinking. Think about the future. Think about… the NFL.
For some reason, Big Baby told ESPN THE MAGAZINE’s Chris Broussard that he’s considering giving up the game of basketball at his peak in order to try his hand again at football. Yes, again; he was a defensive end and halfback as a youngin’. Of course, there’s video after the break.
It’s fitting that Davis attended “LSU Laboratory School,” because a 6′6″, 350 pound tailback is something that cannot be created in nature - only with highly dangerous scientific trials and explosives.
If Davis does try to jump to the league, he’d better do it pretty soon; after all, a man that large doesn’t have knees that’ll last forever, and the difference in foot speed between a 30- and 33-year-old is often the difference between a roster spot and a “come to my office and bring your playbook” notice.
Still, let’s say Davis does go. Hypothetically. He’s too big to reprise his high school role at tailback; the closest thing the NFL has is Brandon Jacobs, and Jacobs’ total lack of elusiveness usually dooms him between the 20s. Davis, by way of comparison, is 5-6 inches taller and 50-60 pounds heavier than Jacobs.
The more logical jump from the hardwood to the gridiron is tight end; it’s where Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates - both college basketball standouts at power forward - ended up. The TE/PF fundamentals mesh pretty well, and suffice it to say that nobody’s got much of a prayer winning a jump ball in the end zone against Davis. Those legs are a pretty big target, though, and someone that size may not run the quickest, most precise routes.
You might also consider an offensive tackle spot, since Davis has the footwork of a Jonathan Ogden-type of player. But here, the funamentals start to get too divergent. We imagine Davis hasn’t done much in practice that would prepare him for drive blocking, for instance; that’s an intentional foul for sure. He’d have to add at least 40 pounds to that frame, as 290 is pretty light for someone who’d be on the edge and that tall. Further, he’d have to totally rework his musculature to fit his new role, and if he’s doing that after a basketball career, teams probably wouldn’t have the patience to overhaul a 32-year-old-ish guy for just a couple seasons at a position he’s never played.
Wait, BREAKING NEWS - Al Davis has signed Big Baby Davis to play quarterback for the Oakland Raiders… no, check that, false alarm, that’s just Jamarcus Russell, pushing three bills because he can.