With the 2011 NFL season seeming like a very distant memory, now's the time to gauge the true worth of each draft pick.
The best place to make such an evaluation is at rookie mini-camp or at so-called "official team activities (OTAs). Though training in pads or completing walk-throughs and attending a team social function may not seem like a big deal, it's a rookie's chance to make a great first impression.
Out of the gate, four rookies have already made a huge impression on their new professional teams—and maybe none more than Russell Wilson for the Seattle Seahawks. The boys in the Pacific Northwest were much maligned for taking Wilson, but after an impressive rookie camp, attitudes have changed. Wilson is making the argument that he could be a real player at the NFL level.
In a similar fashion, linebacker Mychal Kendricks is proving to the Eagles why they selected the speedy inside backer in the second round to bolster a position that was a liability in Philadelphia last year.
There may not be much surprise that Trent Richardson has really shined in Browns' camp so far, and the team is in desperate need of a big-time running back after ranking in the bottom of many offensive categories in 2011.
The real surprise in Brian Anger, punter from Cal, who was selected in the third round by Jacksonville in the draft. Maybe there's a method to their madness after all. It's early yet, but Anger might be proving he's worth such a high pick for a non-position player.
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