Rookie orientation is in full swing at 1265 Lombardi Avenue. The reality of it all seemed to sink in today, with the players practicing for the first time in Titletown.
“Just looking around and seeing Green and Yellow it's like oh man this is the Packers! I'm actually here so it was kind of those moments,” 4th rd pick Carl Bradford weighed in.
“Lot of fun out there, fun to get out there again and get some action going. It's always fun when you get out on the field, it's off the field that your mind starts racing you know?! And starts thinking,” said 5th rd pick Corey Linsley.
Of course. It’s a big transition, a lot to learn in a short amount of time ...For most, bumping into their new team's star player for the first time can be a bit surreal.
“A-rod came up and spoke to me and he said welcome and I said yes sir to him you know?! Watching him as a kid on TV and now being here with him is a blessing and is a dream come true,” said 1st rd pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dixon.
This year's draft class has a number of players with great opportunity to come in and contribute immediately, but chatting with the guys, it’s refreshing - they all realize the NFL is an honor and they each have to earn their stripes.
“Coach emphasizes it doesn't matter if you're a first round pick or a tryout guy or a pick five, we're all treated the same once we get here. The only thing that's different is the change in your pocket, so I don't see any difference,” said Clinton-Dix.
“I'm here to earn a spot, it can be special teams, in the rotation, don't play at all this year. I'm going to do whatever it takes to help out the team, stated 3rd rd pick Khyri Thornton.
“Honestly I'm just here to make the roster and call myself a teammate of these guys. And earn the right to wear the G on the side,” said Linsley.