Will NFL Rookies Suffer Without Minicamps? Probably Not.

In a normal year, most NFL teams would be putting pads on their new NFL draft picks and getting ready to watch them practice. But because of the novel coronavirus, all organized team activities have been postponed, and rookie minicamps — which should be starting on Friday — are an all-remote affair, with no workouts allowed. It seems unlikely that coaches will be able to see their top prospects up close before all players report to training camp. The conventional wisdom, then, is that rookies will be less likely to make an impact in 2020. No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow hasn’t practiced in front of his Bengals coaches and can’t even prepare for the upcoming season with them at his team’s shutdown facility.

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