Byron Mulkey Pulling An 'Antonio Gates' To The NFL: Does He Have A Chance?

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

So our friends at Bull Run alerted me to another neat story: remember Buffalo point guard Byron Mulkey, who redshirted his potential senior season for the benefit of the team (and his playing time) and turned it into a nifty little 2009-2010 season? After some overseas basketball Mulkey is going to try and take an Antonio Gates-like path to the NFL. He didn't play football for UB, although heavens knows they could've used him at times. He played quarterback and defensive back in high school so the six-foot athlete is going to try out for the Buffalo Bills at wide receiver and DB.

Naturally the article mentions that Gates, the EMU/Kent State basketball star, became an All-Star tight end for the Chargers without playing Golden Flashes football, and likewise WMU basketball center Joe Reitz became an offensive lineman. And with NBA teams only needing twelve men and the NFL game needing 53, Mulkey just has a better chance percentagewise of being a pro athlete, even if it's a more dangerous sport.

I think this is where I'm supposed to analyze what chance Mulkey has of making the Bills team.

I really don't know, but it stands to reason that if you're trying out for a team without a guaranteed contract, your odds of making the 53-man roster is mighty slim. I can tell you his senior season stat line: 13.1 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He was an everything man (except blocks) for the Bulls. Usually people like that have skills not confined to a single sport. Ultimately if he can poke a basketball away from somebody with verve then he can do likewise with a football and I am sure that safety or cornerback is what he has a shot at doing in the NFL, if anything.

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