We are coming up on one week away from the NFL rookie premiere, possibly the biggest hobby event of the year, minus maybe the Super Bowl. This is the place where the rookies all put on their jerseys and take pictures for cards used all year long, including the controversial jersey swatches most of the companies also use.
The list of players has been released by a website named Fandeavor, although some of them may be subject to change, as there are only 36 of the usual 40 players. More coverage to come as we get closer, keep checking back.
Khalil Mack (Raiders LB) – Defensive guys RARELY perform well in the hobby, especially ones that dont have national followings in their college choice or a team following based on their draft slot. Mack has none of those, and though he may end up being great, it takes a Ray Lewis and Troy Polamalu career to retain value.
Dri Archer (Steelers WR?) – Archer is a guy that may end up strictly on special teams or something like that. He is a tiny player who can run like the wind, but doesnt look like he is going to be an impact guy right away. I dont like this pick as much, but the team affiliation helps.
Michael Sam (Rams LB) – So far Sam is off the list, which is disappointing. Like Clowney, he has a national following and lots of interested parties, thus making him an attractive attendee. I would have liked to have seen him there, regardless of his talent level.
Here is the rest of the list: