When NFL rookies are first introduced to the way their respective teams practice, it’s typically at rookie minicamp. But there are a few limitations during that weekend.
The workouts are only for and against other rookies or practice squad players from the previous years. While more is expected from them compared to college practices, there aren’t any veterans around.
The sessions are usually only for a few days and are not padded practices. These rookies are given their first taste of team practice in just helmets and shorts.
The workouts and installations are rather vanilla. There aren’t many rookies who attend rookie minicamp that don’t comment about their heads spinning.
All of these limitations make it difficult to gauge true talent levels.
But when Organized Team Activities (OTAs) roll around, the entire team can be present and more of the playbook can be explored. OTAs are a much better group of practices to use when judging where a rookie stands in the pecking order.
Here are 10 rookies who are shining in OTAs.