June is the time of the NFL season when the luster starts to come off many of the rookies drafted this past April.
It's only natural, really, and it isn't necessarily a bad thing. Teams draft for the long term. They want to set these franchises up for more than just fleeting successes. Thus, some players are going to need more than one month to really be ready for the NFL.
Of course, to the media that covers these teams 24/7 and the fans that gobble up every tidbit of news like a dog on a fresh bone, nuance and patience aren't always readily available virtues.
Negativity in the summer isn't cause for alarm or any sort of apoplectic hair-pulling. No, just like the positivity that permeates the spring following a draft, the negativity of summer must be tempered with a longer-term view of events. Growing pains are important for these players as they transition from being big men on their respective college campuses to life in the NFL.
Narratives and negativity aside, let's check in with an update on all 32 first-round rookies of the 2013 NFL draft.