Did you hear the one about the NFL rookie who looked great in minicamp?
We often talk about the filter we should put on team info before the draft—the smokescreens, the misinformation, the outright lying.
However, what about the filter post-draft?
Do we really need to take every single factoid at face value? Every single team has players in its recent history that had "great" minicamps according to its coaches, maybe even a good preseason, yet never took a regular-season snap.
Since these practices are usually closed to fans, we have to rely on nuggets from coaches and teammates. Some teams allow media in for a portion of the workouts so if we can trust the scouting eye of a particular beat reporter, that's even better.
Most importantly, we have to remember that these are phenomenal athletes working out in shirts and shorts. They're going to look good. Ultimately, they'll have to do the same with pads on and a guy like San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis or Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch coming at them.
With all that in mind, I've combed through 32 rosters filled with silver linings and have come away with 10 players who look ahead of the curve as of rookie camp.