Let's be real about this. Besides the obvious difference in the level of talent on the field and the football terminology, rookie minicamp in the NFL is a lot like what summer passing league was in high school for many of us.
Players are in helmets, t-shirts and shorts instead of full pads, and they spent just as much time in a classroom as they do on the field. It's just a taste.
Football is still a contact sport. The real player evaluations can't happen until these guys starting hitting.
Nevertheless, NFL coaches like Falcons head coach Mike Smith still attempt to learn what they can about their incoming rookies each year in early May.
This year, the Falcons' goal was to overload their rookies with information and get them acclimated to the Thomas Dimitroff/Mike Smith process.
Now that we've had a week to digest all of what happened at minicamp, let's discuss the five key takeaways we can glean from the team's reaction to the weekend of practice sessions.