So You’re a Top Draft Pick—Now What?

May 27, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL is a completely different animal from college football. Incoming rookies need to be prepared or they'll suffer from culture shock.
Beyond the glitz, glamour and notoriety of being a first-round pick, aspiring athletes must still earn their way into the NFL. What happened in college no longer matters. Being a high draft pick doesn't mean a young man "made it." It simply means he has an opportunity in front of him to play professional football.
A tangled web awaits many of these star-struck football elites. As an NFL scout once told me, "I have no clue how any of these athletes become successful after being drafted, because there are so many mitigating factors that go into it."
The potential pitfalls are numerous. Changes extend beyond the gridiron. Those include, but aren't limited to, moving to a new city, dealing with family members, social media and an influx of life-changing money.
And then there's football.
Once the draft weekend festivities fade in...

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