By RantSports Staff on May 16, 2014
Today, the Green Bay Packers' 2014 rookie minicamp got under way as their draft picks, undrafted free agent signings and tryout players all hit the field. It's an opportunity for rookies to get their feet wet and start learning the playbook, while other NFL hopefuls are just looking to turn heads and earn a spot on the 90-man training camp roster.
Here are some pictures from the Packers' first day of action.
A fifth-round pick out of Ohio State, Linsley is expected to make a significant push for the starting center spot as a rookie. Only the inexperienced J.C. Tretter stands in his way.
While Linsley wasn't the top center prospect of the 2014 class, he's a well-rounded blocker who has the experience and physical tools to start as a rookie.
One of the surprise picks of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thornton is a sleeper who caught the Packers' attention. In this picture, he's running alongside Carlos Gray, an undrafted free agent defensive end out of NC State.
While Thornton wasn't seen by most as more than a fifth- or sixth-round pick, the Southern Miss product was definitely worth the risky investment. He's an underrated talent with plenty of strength and a relentless motor.
Considering the way he makes plays, Packers fans might even have the luxury of watching him run with the football a few times before his playing days are over.
An exciting outside linebacker prospect, Bradford joined the Packers as a fourth-round pick. The former Arizona State standout will need some time to develop and bulk up, but offers outstanding potential as an edge rusher.
Rodgers, one of the Packers' two third-round picks, is a tight end from Cal. Although there are some concerns about his blocking abilities, he's a talented pass catcher who could push for early playing time. For those of you interested, Jacob Karam (Memphis) is the quarterback throwing the ball to Rodgers.
A local product who starred for the Badgers, Abbrederis found a perfect landing spot when the Packers picked him up in the fifth round. While he might be limited physically and athletically, he's a sensational possession receiver who uses smart routes and terrific hands to make a big impact in the passing game.
The most exciting of the Packers' three new wide receivers, though, is Davante Adams, a second-round pick out of Fresno State. Combining outstanding size, leaping abilities and hands, Adams could quickly become one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets in Green Bay.
And the one you've all been waiting for - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The Packers' first-round pick out of Alabama, Clinton-Dix should immediately step in as the starting free safety. He's an outstanding run defender who also does a great job of playing center field and making plays on the ball when opponents air it out.
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