As the Green Bay Packers move forward towards OTAs and the veteran minicamp, the first time that players will begin taking the field in real on-field drills will be this weekend for rookie minicamp. According to a few sources, the Packers’ rookie camp is scheduled to run from May 3rd through the 6th.
That will be the first opportunity for the team’s 11-man rookie class, their 15 reported undrafted free agent rookies, and a host of other tryout players to get to know the team’s facilities and coaching staff. Likewise, we should start learning a bit more about the faces and players who go along with the names that we have already started to familiarize ourselves with.
In the meantime, we have a few stories about some of the players chosen on the third day of the draft who flew a bit under the radar. From Cole Madison to Hunter Bradley, let’s dig a bit deeper into who these players are.
Cole Madison's game, and hair, both grew in college | Packers.com
Madison said after he was drafted that although he got his hair trimmed a few days ago, he hasn't had a true haircut since his senior year of high school. He'll fit right in with David Bakhtiari in the offensive line room.
One interesting stat about all 11 of the Packers’ draft picks | Packers Wire
This one is the most astounding to me: in a year marred by an injury, Jaire Alexander only allowed five completions in 2017, and only three of them happened across the line of scrimmage.
The most interesting men in the Packers’ draft class: punter and long snapper | ESPN
JK Scott and Hunter Bradley have fascinating journeys to get to the NFL. Scott’s family is full of Packers fans and his dad grew up in Madison. Meanwhile, Bradley talked about how “our star player” at Mississippi State during his freshman year (which was in 2014) asked him why he was still there. Doing the math shows that it very well could have been Dak Prescott who said that — though that is of course just speculation.
The Saints had a perfectly good reason for bizarre NFL Draft moves - SBNation.com
Trading next year's first-rounder to Green Bay definitely seems like a strange move. They had a method to their madness in moving up for Marcus Davenport, however: they taught him some of their defensive concepts at the Senior Bowl then tested him on them at the Combine -- and he retained most of the information.
Former Packers training camp player Carlos Gray found shot to death in Alabama | Packersnews.com
Gray was in camp in 2014 as an undrafted rookie out of NC State. His girlfriend found him dead on Monday night.
NFL's emphasis on helmet hits remains work in progress - NFL.com
The league has convened a two-day meeting to review and finalize the rule about helmet-to-helmet hits and to help coaches and players understand the rule and its execution moving forward.