Prior to being selected in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft, point guard Nate Robinson was giving opposing quarterbacks nightmares on the gridiron as a defensive back for the University of Washington. But at 5’9, there weren’t a lot of interested NFL teams so Robinson ended up playing in the NBA, oddly, considering it’s a sport that favors height.
Regardless, despite Robinson’s size, he’s never let it alter his game on either the basketball court or football field and recently told Believe the Hype that he’d have likely been the first or second best defensive back in the league had he been drafted into the NFL:
“I don’t know, I’d be pretty damn good though. If I was in the NFL i’d probably be at least first or second best DB in the NFL.”
“One, two or three I’d say. (Darrelle) Revis is pretty solid, Patrick Peterson is pretty solid & you got my man (Richard) Sherman holding it down. It’d be a tough position.”
While the notion that he’d be the first or second best in the NFL is a bit out there, I do think he’d be a very serviceable corner despite his height. Given his athletic ability, his 5’9 frame would turn into a much more respectable 6’2.