We are in unprecedented times in the NFL, and that includes having rookie minicamp go virtual this year. The Cleveland Browns’ 2020 rookie minicamp, led by head coach Kevin Stefanski, began on Friday, May 8th, and will run through Sunday, May 10th.
Participating in the virtual rookie minicamp should include the team’s 7 draft picks and 15 undrafted free agent signings.
“These guys are eager learners,” said Stefanski on Thursday. “They’re ready to take everything we’re willing to give them. We’re already testing them. We have a smart group of guys so far.
For virtual rookie minicamp, we’ll go Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with some meetings with the players. That’s what the structure is right now and we’re going to do everything we can to get these guys up to speed so when so when they jump in the meetings with the veterans, they’re ready to go.”
The rookies will join the Browns’ veterans on Monday, May 11th, for the team’s regular virtual meetings.
One thing that many borderline college players miss out on is the fact that there are no tryouts at rookie minicamp this year, since everything is virtual. For example, 30 players were invited in 2019, 28 players in 2018, 17 players in 2017, etc. Most years, not many players from tryouts end up making an impact, but some gems always exist out there. The most recent success of that for Cleveland came in 2014, when WR Taylor Gabriel and CB K’Waun Williams were both tryout players who have gone on to have successful NFL careers.