The Green Bay Packers’ rookie class got a few days off this week. For perhaps the first time since last summer, the team’s eight draft picks and twelve undrafted rookies got some down time following the conclusion of rookie minicamp on Saturday afternoon.
The draft process is a brutal period for these players. Immediately following the end of their final college football seasons, most draft-eligible individuals dive immediately into workouts to prepare for drills that they will run at the NFL Combine and/or at their school’s Pro Day. That is effectively a full-time job, as is flying around the country for interviews and continuing to train between Pro Day and the draft itself.
Once the draft concluded, players made their way to Green Bay for rookie minicamp shortly thereafter, with most of them signing contracts and all taking part in their first two practices as NFL players.
However, because the Packers held their rookie minicamp last week — the earlier option out of two weekends that were available — that meant that the first-year players have to stay away from the team facilities until other team’s rookie camps conclude. With that window closing on Sunday, May 12th, the Packers will have their full 90-man roster together for the first time on the following Monday.
Based on the team’s published schedule, they will have one week of conditioning and workouts before beginning Organized Team Activities on Monday, May 20th. At that point, the team has three weeks of OTA practices before mandatory minicamp takes place the week of June 10th. The conclusion of minicamp will then put an end to the offseason program, and players will be left to their own devices for almost six weeks before returning to Green Bay for the start of training camp on July 25th.
For this rookie class, though, the past week must have been a nice, brief respite from the hectic schedules they have faced over the past few months. That summer break will be a relief as well, but hopefully the team’s full roster will finally be together a bit recharged, excited, and ready to get to work on Monday.