No surprise here: Lots of prep multi-sport athletes in NFL Draft

No surprise here: Lots of prep multi-sport athletes in NFL Draft

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No surprise here: Lots of prep multi-sport athletes in NFL Draft

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith chats with Jameis Winston during Florida State University's Pro Day at the Dunlap Training Facility on the school's campus Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (Photo: Joe Rondone/Democrat)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith chats with Jameis Winston during Florida State University’s Pro Day at the Dunlap Training Facility on the school’s campus Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
(Photo: Joe Rondone/Democrat)

The trend continues: High school multi-sport athletes continue to be far more likely to be selected in the NFL Draft than those who quit to focus on football alone much earlier.

As compiled by the website Tracking Football, an incredible 224 of the 256 NFL draft picks in the entry draft between Thursday and Saturday were multi-sport athletes while still in high school.

Tracking Football goes into more details about individual athletes’ pastimes, with 63 percent of the 2015 NFL Draft picks having track experience in high school. Nearly as impressive, 48 percent played basketball, while 10 percent played baseball.

Perhaps the percentage of track athletes isn’t so stunning, but nearly 1-in-2 as a basketball player? That’s a remarkable percentage. Nearly as remarkable as the fact that only 1-in-1o was a baseball player. There was a time when everyone wanted to be Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders.

Not any more, even if the top pick in this year’s draft, Jameis Winston, still falls into that category. Now apparently they’re all on the track.

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