It seems many fans have a tendency to think changing positions at the NFL level is easier than it really is. As Mike points out in the article, there's a reason there are so few players who have done it successfully so far in to their careers.
I'm not saying he can't do it by any means, but there are a lot of nuances to the position that have become second nature to guys like Brian Hartline or Dwayne Bowe, for example, who've been playing wide receiver their entire careers. Things the average fan, apparently, doesn't think of.
For instance, how many open field blocks do you figure TP has made over the last four years? Hartline and Bowe each undoubtedly made a whole lot more in their last game, alone. And if you think that's an easy skill to master against NFL caliber defensive backs and/or linebackers, I can't help you. That would be especially true for a guy who's been playing quarterback - where the coaches would have desperately tried to limit his contact throughout his career.
And that's just one critical skill he'll need that he's, by definition, years behind practically every other NFL receiver in developing.
Back to college football for a second - - look at our situation. We have a couple of young receivers who are just as fast - or faster - than Devin Smith. Yet, we're still unsure who our next 'deep threat' will be. There's just so much more to it than simply being a great athlete.
I really, really hope TP can do it. It'll be amazing if he does. But it isn't going to be easy -