Former Harlem Globetrotter participates at NFL Regional Combine

Jimmy Graham is one of several NFL players who's proven that basketball skills can translate to the football field. (USATSI)

If any NFL team is looking for an athletic 6-10, 265-pound tight end who used to play for the Harlem Globetrotters, there's one available.

Former Globetrotter Maurice Shaw was one of 275 NFL hopeful's who attended the league's final 2013 regional combine in Seattle over the weekend -- and he didn't disappoint. 

The 28-year-old former pro basketball player ran a 4.81 40, and reportedly performed well in agility drills. Shaw's 4.81 40 wasn't too far off the 4.76 ran by Stanford tight end Zach Ertz -- one of the top prospects in the nation -- at the Indianapolis combine.

Shaw, who played with the Globetrotters from 2005-06, told the Tacoma News Tribune that he actually prefers football over basketball. "Football's always been my first sport growing up," Shaw said. "But since I grew so much, everybody always told me to play basketball because there's less of a chance of getting injured and all that. But it wasn't working out, so I just decided, why not?"

If there's one position in the NFL that seems to cater well to players with basketball experience, it's tight end. Former college basketball players Tony Gonzalez, Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates have all found pro success at the position.

Shaw said he's encouraged by the fact that teams like the Seahawks are open to signing athletic players who didn't play football in college. Seattle signed former pro basketball player Darren Fells in early March, despite the fact that Fells didn't play college football, "I think that was good because I didn't know if they would accept a player with no experience," Shaw said. 

If NFL scouts were impressed with Shaw's regional combine performance, then he'll most likely earn a bid to the league's Super Regional Combine, which will be held April 7 in Dallas. 

The regional combines, open to anyone willing to pay the $225 fee ($275 for specialists), produced 14 players last season who ended up on active 53-man rosters.  

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