The NFL draft is over. No more will you hear words like prospect and potential. Take all those measurements- the forty time, the 3 cone drill, and the Broad jump; you can even take those stats and throw them out the window. What you did at the combine and what you did in college no longer matters. All those accolades don’t mean a thing now.
You now have have the task of proving yourself all over again. Proving to your team, proving to the NFL, and most of all, proving to yourself that you can play this game and that you belong in this league with the best players in the world.
The Cowboys Rookie Mini-camp officially starts on Friday, May 16, 2014. A total of 34 players will be participating. 31 of these players have already shown up at Valley Ranch.
Most of these players will have extra fuel to add to their fire; some added motivation to their determination. Only Zach Martin and DeMarcus Lawrence were drafted in the first two days of the draft. The other players were either drafted on the last day or had to play the waiting game. Waiting by your phone, hoping for a call. That call would be either the Cowboys have decided to give you a contract like fullback JC Copeland of LSU or to extend to you an invitation to try out like Kolton Browning from Louisiana Monroe.
While the mini-camp begins on Friday, the rookies who are here have a chance to meet with the coaches, go over plays, and start gaining chemistry with other players and see what they will be asked to do. The time spent is a win win for both team and player. The team provides valuable information to player and gets a chance to get players on a workout plan. The players get to slowly get their feet wet. They begin to get acclimated to the NFL and their new team.
So it’s official, their career in football has just started. Their desire is for that career to be a long and successful one.