RAIDER ROOKIE MINICAMP: The Oakland Raiders Rookie Minicamp wrapped up this weekend. Players arrived on Thursday for the three-day camp that started on Friday and was limited to the 2017 draftees, UDFA, try out players, and a handful of players who did not register a full year of service in 2016. More than anything, rookie minicamps are a chance for players to familiarize themselves with the coaching staff, their system, and the team facilities. It’s also an opportunity to show their skills and athleticism in basic alignments and game simulations. What it has never been is a predictor of NFL success.
RAIDER ROOKIE MINICAMP – 6 OBSERVATIONS
1. All bodies in attendance on day one left healthy on day three.
2. Collectively, the Raiders nine draftees are good, young men. They are definitely modest, humble, and willing to work. There’s no flashy or wild characters in the group (for good or bad) but that might change as they get more comfortable with their surroundings and the tremendous opportunity they’ve earned.
3. Contrary to criticism from some NFL analysts, DT Eddie Vanderdoes came to camp in shape.
4. Safety Obi Melinonwu is gifted physically but he knows he has a lot to learn in terms of scheme and technique. He has a great coach in Rod Woodson.
5. Raider first round CB Gareon Conley said football takes his mind off the rape allegations that are still being investigated. There’s nothing he can do but wait for the investigation to wrap up. He’s really just a quiet kid and you can’t help hoping everything works out. Glad to have him as an Oakland Raider.
6. It’s only Raider Rookie Minicamp, but MLB Marquel Lee was vocal on the field, trying to demonstrate he can be a defensive leader. He knows the MLB is sometimes asked to be the QB of the defense.