Though it is the goal of many athletes to get drafted and play a professional sport beyond college, there is much more to it than just being the start of the team. A lot has to be done to even be considered by the pro's and the competition to get recruited is very intense. A very small percentage of athletes even consider going pro. Most play for the love of the game, the desire to compete, and the drive to win.
According to the NCAA website, student athletes compete because: "It's not about getting a scholarship, getting drafted, or making SportsCenter. It's a deep need in us that comes from the heart. We need to practice, to play, to lift, to hustle, to sweat. We do it all for our teammates and for the student in our calculus class that we don't even know."
We compete to be the best, and to represent our college or university.
There are many rules that must be followed when entering the draft. Underclassmen who make themselves eligible for professional drafts are now allowed to resume their college careers if they change their minds about becoming professionals, whether or not they have been drafted. They can enter the draft and they then have until a certain date to withdraw from the draft and return to their institution.
The 2 most common drafts are for the National Football League and the National Basketball Association. If they don't make it to the pro's then they can go back and play in school. The technical term for all of this is amateurism. The only sports this effects is football and basketball. In baseball and hockey the players have more manueverability because the player can be drafted out of high school.
Though chances of going pro are very low, it is many athletes dreams and they are willing to do just about anything to extend their careers past the college level.