What: Redskins rookie minicamp.
Who: 2015 draft picks, undrafted free agents, invitees and players without an accrued NFL season.
Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va.
Coverage: Practices are closed to the public, but media will be permitted to watch both sessions Saturday and interview participants afterward. Keep it here for the latest and follow @Rich_TandlerCSN on Twitter for timely updates.
Preview: Brandon Scherff, Preston Smith, Matt Jones and the teams’ other seven draft picks will take the next step in their transition from college standouts to NFL rookies when they hit the field at Redskins Park for a three-day minicamp this weekend.
The mincamp begins Friday and will feature practices and classroom sessions spread over three days.
In addition to this year's draft picks, the roster also will include 13 college free agents as well as players who do have not accrued an NFL season and a group of camp invitees. In the past, the list of invitees has been about 40 players.
For Scherff and Co., the practices mark a milestone of sorts. Not only are they on the field as professionals for the first time, they also must begin transitioning to the position they’ll play in the NFL. Scherff, the No. 5 overall pick out of Iowa, will switch from left to right tackle, where he's expected to start Week 1. Second round selection Preston Smith, meantime, will get to work as a full-time outside linebacker after playing defensive end at Mississippi State.
For the undrafted players and invitees, this weekend marks their best—and perhaps only—shot to prove that they can play in the NFL.
“Competition,” General Manager Scot McCloughan said, asked what he’ll be looking for. “The young guys, we’ve added a lot of guys through the draft and through college free agency—even tryout guys—just seeing the guys out there competing.”
McCloughan said he’ll be evaluating everything about the prospects—from their football skills and ability to quickly apply what they've learned in the classroom to their personalities.
“I’m excited about not just their talent on the field, but with how they’re wired,” he said. “I want them to step up and show who they are.”
Among the camp invitees is former Alabama quarterback Blake Sims. He’ll try out this weekend as a running back, according to McCloughan.
Twenty-three teams held their rookie minicamp last weekend. McCloughan, however, chose to hold the Redskins’ camp a week later for strategic reasons.
“Guys [the first group of teams] had out on a tryout basis that we liked, and they wanted to go there first—you’ll see, there will be two or three guys that we’ll bring in that were somewhere else last week,” he said.
“I’m hoping there’s tryout guys that prove to us that the college free agent guys we signed, that they’re better than them," he said. "Again, I’m walking into a clean slate, and I want to see guys coming here and understanding it’s not too big for them and produce. That’s absolutely what it’s all about.”