Jack Betcha, the man behind Jarryd Hayne’s move to the NFL is set to attend the Rugby World Cup to scout out more potential gridiron stars. Here are seven players he may take a closer look at…
Folau has already competed at the highest level in three different sports so one more wouldn’t be too much of a shock. His experience in both codes of rugby and the AFL combined with his natural athleticism could see him become a prolific wide receiver in the NFL.
The giant All Blacks winger has been compared to Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch on more than one occasion. Although he would have a tough time learning play books, he has shown he already has the physical attributes to excel in the position.
At 1.94 metres tall, and weighing in at 125kg with pace to spare, Nadolo could be very adept at tight end in the NFL. The hybrid position would suit his added physicality meaning he would be equally adept as a blocker or receiving threat, especially with his deceptive speed.
As the most prolific points score in rugby history, Carter may find a role as a place kicker ideal after his stint at Racing Metro. His ability to knock the ball over from pretty much anywhere, combined with the reduced physicality of the position could make the perfect swan song.
At 6’5” and weighing in at around 340 pounds, French prop Atonio has all the physical attributes to be a solid wall at tackle. His experience in the scrum could also prove useful when it comes to wrestling with opponents whilst he will be considerably fitter than most NFL linemen.
There are a number of transferable skills between playing linebacker in the NFL and flanker in rugby. Pocock’s natural athleticism and willingness to put his body on the line would make him ideal, particularly in a blitz defence where he could rush the quarterback.
Watson is in a similar mould to Jarryd Hayne with pace and guile that could see him become a very effective punt returner. His experience at full back means he has plenty of experience of claiming long kicks before returning them to make plenty of ground.