Back in April, the college football crew here at ESPN.com whipped up a fun offseason read about which player on each Top-25 team could be a future coach.
Now, our NFL gang is taking a swing at it by looking at a future coach on each NFL team. And some of the results are very interesting.
Noteworthy is that six of the 32 players hail from Pac-12 programs.
Leading us off is former Arizona State Sun Devil Vontaze Burfict. First, try not to think about Burfict's ankle-twisting, late-hitting, helmet-spearing antics. I know, it’s tough. Now, consider how instinctual he is as a linebacker. Surely, Matt Barkley remembers. Here’s what our Coley Harvey has to say about it:
Burfict is one of the smartest players on the Bengals' roster and one of the most studious ones. Not only does he have above average comprehension of his position, but he also knows what other defensive players are supposed to do in every scheme the Bengals employ. Although Burfict's aggressive, line-toeing tactics have made him a pariah as a player, they might make him a shrewd coach.
When future coach Burfict demands 40 up-downs and 100-yard gassers, it would be best not to argue.
Thomas has his sights set on business after football -- he earned his MBA degree in May -- but he is well-suited to become a future coach. He is a smart, hard-working player who had to grind every season to earn a roster spot, and often those types are better suited than star players to teach football after retirement. Thomas should be successful in any future career path he chooses.