Imagine you’re at work. The company has decided to hire someone to work right beside you. The boss would like your input on this decision because you have been such a valuable and hard working employee.
He describes the two candidates. Both are equally hard working. Both are equally motivated to do their best. They are both the same in age and physicality. Their only difference is that one applicant is good at only performing one task at a time and the other applicant is great at multitasking (meaning he/she can perform several tasks at the same time).
With that information, which applicant do you want your boss to hire?
I believe most of us would pick the person who can multitask.
The quarterback of an NFL team is an important position. A good quarterback can help a team become great. A struggling quarterback can turn a good team bad. There are several traits needed to be a good quarterback and these players are measured and scrutinized in the NFL combines and from their past collegiate performances.
This year’s NFL draft highlights two quarterbacks who will be the first and second draft picks overall. Everyone is in total agreement that quarterback Andrew Luck is a lock to be selected as the first draft pick (he is the son of Oliver Luck, the AD of my Alma Mater, WVU) and that quarterback Robert Griffin, III is equally locked in as the second pick (heading to my favorite team, the Redskins).
Debate begins when prognosticators ask “who will be the third quarterback chosen?” The reason for this is because it seems the next four or five quarterbacks are about the same (each having a quality or two better than the other, but not the complete package).
In my book, See To Play, I write about how athletes see differing amounts of the playing field (similar to the way some people can multitask and others can’t). This is because some athletes have larger areas where they see objects of detail clearly. This area of clear vision is known as the detailed vision zone. (In See to Play, you learn how to measure this area and the norms.)
Elite athletes have larger detailed vision zones compared to the average athlete. I use the measurement of this zone to help compare and rank athletes. It also helps in predicting which athletes have a better chance in becoming elite. In general, an athlete who sees 40% of the field would be ranked higher than one that sees only 20% of the field.
My contention is that, as more people learn about the detailed vision zone, it can become an important tool in determining which athlete should be drafted over another.
Who should be the third quarterback drafted this Thursday?
The athlete with the larger detailed vision zone! …we’ve got two days to go test them!
Update 4/26: Ok, I've caught some grief for not giving my pick as the 3rd....I'd pick Michigan State's Kirk Cousins. I think he'll turn out to be a good NFL quarterback (...and he has the same first name as the new coach of the Carolina Hurricanes!)
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