Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
There are 32 teams in the NFL and each team has a 53-man roster, for a total of 1,696 players in the NFL.
There are 15,588 college seniors who are eligible to be drafted from the NCAA to the NFL. Add in a few more from other, non-NCAA schools, and we’re talking about 17,000 or a 1-in-10 ratio. But most players last several years, which means that for every man that makes it into the NFL, many more don’t make the cut. How many, I don’t know. 20? 30? 50?
What’s the qualitative difference between the guys who make it versus the guys who don’t? Aside from the Heisman Trophy Winner, I’d bet it’s a razor-thin margin. Which means the NFL could afford to dump a powerful number of existing players to replace them with almost-as-good players, at least for a while. Ever see the Keanau Reeves movie “Replacements?” Like that.
Wouldn’t even have to do it. Just threaten it. Call in some of those replacements for tryouts. Let the regulars know their replacements are warming up. “See that line of guys out the door and down the block? They all want your job. How badly do YOU want your job? If you are more interested in social justice antics than playing football . . . .”