Now, don’t fret. There is a happy chapter to this story. and it begins here.
Sidney Jones IV is still very confident. And why not? There actually is a positive outcome to falling in the NFL draft. Simply stated, better teams pick later in the draft.
With a rehabbing Achilles, Sidney Jones has already been scratched from the “immediate impact starter” category. That means he will strengthen and play behind a starter. He will be able to watch the gamed unfold, rather than scramble to absorb everything on day one.
Best NFL Teams Mentor
There is much to be said by playing behind a veteran in the first months as a rookie. He can ask the vet “what did you see on that play?” and virtually all veterans will respond. Mentoring is a fading art in the NFL.
The best NFL teams promote mentoring a great deal. Teams like the Seattle Seahawks expect veterans to help in the coaching process of all rookies.
And, as players, it’s the right thing to do. As the team improves, each player on that team are viewed in a better light. That helps veterans land better contracts. It helps rookies absorb playing minutes on rotations. Everyone wins.