The following article is a really detailed look at the life of a draft eligible player before, during and after the NFL draft process. The writer than follows the player throughout an NFL training camp with the Atlanta Falcons. It's a great peek into the mental highs and lows of being an undrafted or late round rookie.
You don’t get the patient schooling of college here,” Bart Scott, a Pro Bowl linebacker now with the New York Jets, who started out as an undrafted free agent, told me by phone. “It’s mostly on you to find ways to figure it out. To be mature. To be a man.” I asked Scott what advice he would give Pat.