Rookie minicamps generally begin immediately following the NFL draft and are designed for teams to have a quick first look at their incoming rookies as they begin to plan for training camp. For undrafted players, it’s a fight to stay relevant. For draftees, it’s a get-to-know-you event, with teams hoping they don’t immediately see issues with one of their draft selections.
For some rookies, especially ones drafted after the first few rounds, it can be the coming-out party that gets teams extra excited for training camp. A team's draft is given praise based upon its early picks, but it becomes defined by the ability to hit on later selections.
During rookie minicamps, these prospects significantly exceeded expectations, giving teams more reason for hope as these players seek to build upon their great first impression.