Last Friday marked the start of “real” football for Vikings fans, as the team kicked off its rookie minicamp and welcomed 10 draft picks to Winter Park. There, they joined a handful of undrafted free agents to take part in on-field drills and media introductions.
Players like seventh-round pick Edmond Robinson used the weekend as a “proving ground” of sorts, showing coaches they belong on a 53-man roster. Others, like first-round pick Trae Waynes, spent their time absorbing an NFL playbook and refining their technique on the field. In reality, the weekend was a tease for what’s to come — training camp.
There, these young players will be tested beyond their expectations. Trae Waynes will be asked to cover veterans like Jarius Wright, while Eric Kendricks will find himself in coverage against Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon. It won’t be easy, but it’ll provide coaches a true litmus test of their rookies’ abilities on the field.
After the jump, a look at other notable rookies around the NFC North!: