Last Updated on June 13, 2016 by Andre Loftis

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]To the Incoming NFL Draft Class of 2016,


I feel you.

I remember back when I was in your position. I felt that same excitement and the eagerness you’re experiencing right now. You’re so close, man. I also still recall the uneasiness that you’re probably feeling right now. There’s a lot of uncertainty about what the future holds. When many of you were looking at colleges, you had your pick of several schools and got to choose the right one for you. Now, all you can do is sit back, wait and hope that the right NFL team chooses you. That’s kind of daunting.

But try to take a step back and appreciate what’s about to happen. You’re going to become an employee of the most popular sports league on the planet. Not a lot of people get their dream job immediately out of college, but you’re one of the lucky few. That’s a pretty amazing accomplishment on its own, and one you can take pride in forever. From this day forward, regardless of what happens next, you will always have the distinction of being drafted to play in the NFL.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”53028″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]I know many of you have been preparing for this opportunity since you were little kids. You’ve dreamt of seeing your name flash across TV screens around the country after hearing it called from the podium. That’s the payoff for a lifetime of hustle and determination. But this next leap is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. We all went through that shock early in college when you realized that you weren’t playing against high school kids anymore. You adjusted, and eventually excelled. But now in the NFL, there are no weak links. You’re playing against men – against professionals – and every single one of them is probably just as driven and passionate about this game as you are…Read more at The Player’s Tribune.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]