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NFL Rookies First Training Camps

Updated on June 19, 2010

The old precept in the NFL says that draft choices and rookies should not be judged as a success or a failure until three years have passed. The majority of first year NFL players will not have an immediate impact on the team, and might not even see the field or even dress on game day.

Other rookies, who have made an impression during training camp and preseason, will make the club, while others may be signed to the teams practice squad. 

Training camp is the first time in full pads with the team that rookies will have the chance to show their stuff and make an impression on the coaches and their teammates.

Some rookies, even after just the mini-camps are rising toward starting spots on the roster, while others have already shown signs that they will need more time to develop.

And it doesn’t matter in what round you were drafted in either, as there are always later draft picks who prove they should have been drafted higher and even un-drafted players who prove that they should have been drafted in the first place. 

A few examples of this include Patriots QB Tom Brady who was drafted in the sixth round, Colts' Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Mathis was a fifth-rounder, Jared Allen was a late third round pick, and Donald Driver was a sixth round pick.

Some examples of un-drafted players succeeding in the NFL include QB Kurt Warner, WR Wes Welker, QB Tony Romo, TE Antonio Gates, and recent Hall of Fame inductee, DT John Randle.   

The list is a long one. Impact players, stars and superstars can be found where least expected, both those that have been drafted and those who have not.

The bottom line is that if you have the desire, the determination and work hard, the sky’s the limit in the NFL.  



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