88 percent of NFL draft picks played multiple sports
According to TrackingFootball.com, 224 of the 256 players chosen during the draft were multi-sport athletes in high school. Of all draftees, 63% participated in track and field, 48% played basketball and 10% played baseball.The website also found that one-third (94 players) were three-sport athletes in high school.
Players like JJ Watt and coaches like Joe Maddon have been outspoken advocates of multi-sport participation. Many athletes today are convinced that specialization will significantly improve their skills in that particular sport, despite evidence to the contrary.