NFL D-Leagues: The Pros
Sifting Out the Gems from the Busts
We all know how risky drafting key players in the NFL Draft is. Teams take a major chance by relying on a stat sheet and college football performance for an all-star pick.
Imagine this: A team develops those prospects in similar game situations in a D-league, and for the sake of this argument, let’s use Johnny Manziel. Even though Cleveland was desperate for a quarterback the year they drafted Manziel, they could have let him develop in a D-league before they truly given him a chance.
After a season in the developmental leagues, maybe they would have figured just how much of a party animal Johnny Football was. Also, they would have figured out that good ol’ Manziel has an ego coming out of his you know what.
Let’s go back in time to 1983. Say the Chiefs had a developmental league in their arsenal for the 1983 season. Todd Blackledge could have developed better in game time minor league situations, or at the very least, the Chiefs would have found out how weak Blackledge truly was.
The Chiefs could have been a football powerhouse in the mid 80s by pursuing better options.
These benefits of D-leagues sound better and better, but here is why they will never work.