The Kansas City Chiefs recently held their annual rookie mini-camp and we learned a few lessons about the team’s first-year players.
The Kansas City Chiefs have officially closed the books on their annual rookie mini-camp, held this year from May 7-9, and it sounds as if this year’s 2022 draft class is as good as advertised. Following the affair, head coach Andy Reid spoke glowingly of the progress made over the three days together and said several positive things about the team’s draft picks. All in all, a solid foundation was laid and fans are very excited to see how these players will grow.
Moving forward, the rookies will now move on to offseason training activities and, eventually, a mandatory minicamp which will bring everyone together. At that point, rookies will have to apply all they’ve learned in order to keep up with veterans who are coming back into the fold and trying their best to keep these young players from taking their reps or even their roles.
This year’s rookie mini-camp featured two first-round picks—a rarity for a team that has used only one such pick in the previous four years—and all 10 draft picks—again, an anomaly for a team that’s selected exactly six players in each of the last four drafts. The Chiefs also added some rather exciting undrafted players which meant fans were doubly excited to see how things will turn out in the early going for the freshmen on the Chiefs’ roster.
Let’s take a look at some lessons we learned over the last few days of rookie mini-camp.