The majority of NFL teams went through rookie minicamp sessions last weekend with five -- Tennessee, New Orleans, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington -- putting the event off until later in May. These sessions aren't padded, and only feature rookies, tryout players and select veterans with limited NFL playing time, so we're going to have to wait until training camp to see some real results. But FOX Sports South found 10 players that made an impression or surprised us in their first work on the field as pros.
Jacksonville Jaguars -- Fowler's Injury
Injuries are always a terrible and unfortunate disturbance to a player's career path, no matter the length, and often wreak havoc on a team. But a season-ending injury to a rookie in his first practice? That's cruel. New Jacksonville linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. tore the ACL in his left leg barely an hour into his first rookie minicamp session. The No. 3 overall pick instantly went from one of the best players in the draft to a guy who will miss the 2015 season and work to put the pieces together next year.
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Carolina Panthers -- Funchess' Versatility
There were some questions about where second-round wide receiver Devin Funchess would fit in the Panthers' offensive scheme. Would the 6-foot-4 tower need to play inside, working almost as a tight end patrolling the middle of the field? Or could he live on the outside and provide an imposing target opposite of Kelvin Benjamin for quarterback Cam Newton to throw toward? Why not both? Funchess lined up at all three receiver positions during Carolina's rookie minicamp sessions, showed talent all over, but shined in the slot.
Buffalo Bills -- O'Leary's pass-catching prowess
The Bills added tight end Nick O'Leary in the sixth round of the draft even though his game didn't differ too much from players already on the roster. O'Leary hauled in 81 passes over his last two seasons at Florida State and scored 13 touchdowns. The talent showed on film, and the Bills saw it live last weekend when he repeatedly made circus catches in traffic and ran crisp routes that put him in position to beat defenders. O'Leary could turn into a Day 3 gem for new head coach Rex Ryan.
Stefon Diggs was drafted in the fifth round so the Vikings could utilize his return skills and mix and match him into certain offensive situations to take advantage of mismatches his speed could exploit. Injuries wreaked havoc on his college career, but if he can stay healthy in the NFL, Diggs could be an every-down threat, not just a plug-and-play option. He amazed last weekend with his ability to get open and provide a cushion between he and the defender. He ran good routes, cut and changed directions well and looked like a near-future starter. Photo: Vikings.com
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Winston's work mentality
Few will argue Jameis Winston's skill set and the upside he provides the Bucs as the first overall pick in the 2015 draft. But troubles at school and immaturity raised questions about his seriousness and ability to buckle down in the NFL. If his first weekend of work as a pro is an indicator, don't worry about Winston. His teammates praised his study habits -- he was regulary awake until 1 a.m. at rookie minicamp studying his playbook, according to Jenna Laine of Sports Talk Florida -- and the coaching staff has already praised ability to absorb the material.
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Detroit Lions -- Johnson gets paid as an undrafted rookie
Former Georgia Tech safety Isaiah Johnson spent last weekend lined up at free safety instead of the normal strong safety position he manned for the Yellow Jackets. He was praised for his intelligence and range, and Jim Caldwell said he likes his skills and upside. Even before Johnson stepped onto the field, the Lions reportedly paid him a somewhat hefty signing bonus of $12,000. That suggests there are some expectations he will make the final roster. His grasp on a roster spot, and possibly a rise on the depth chart, could be aided by the contract dispute between Detroit and safety James Ihedigbo. Photo: DetroitLions.com
Chicago Bears -- White ran routes from multiple positions
Kevin White dropped jaws with a speedy 40-yard dash at the combine and showed on film that he could be an exciting receiver after the catch. One of the transitions he needs for the NFL: The ability to run routes from all over the field, instead of just the outside on the right like he did in college. Last weekend during rookie minicamp he lined up in the slot on both sides of the quarterback and on the outside to the left. He was extremely impressive on the field, which elicited a remarkable tweet from veteran sports writer Dan Pompei: "Kevin White easily is the most impressive rookie wide receiver I’ve ever seen walk through the doors at Halas Hall."
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Seattle Seahawks -- Lockett making plays all over the field
No matter how many catches a 5-foot-10 reciever made in college or how fast he ran the 40-yard dash, until he shows an ability to to get open, haul in passes and score touchdowns in the NFL, none of that stuff means much. Tyler Lockett, Seattle's third-round pick from Kansas State, turned heads in each of the three days of rookie minicamp last weekend. He caught a long touchdown pass on Day 3, and head coach Pete Carroll praised the young receiver for being "all over the field" and making plays on special teams, too. It doesn't seem like it will talk long for Lockett to find ways to help Seattle's offense.
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New York Giants -- Collins improving in coverage?
The biggest negative about safety Landon Collins was his ability to work in coverage, something he struggled with mightily at Alabama and a reason why he dropped into the second round of the draft. Playing in the box seems easy for Collins, but the Giants want to know if they traded up in the second round to grab a guy that could develop his cover skills. After a rough first day, Collins started picking things up in coverage, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. By the end of minicamp, Collins was even directing traffic in the defensive backfield.
Atlanta Falcons -- Jarrett could provide 'grit' to D-line
When the Falcons drafted defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, they knew he could play versus the run, and he also put out a lot of film at Clemson that showed he could get into the backfield and wreak havoc. On Day 1 of rookie minicamp, Jarrett showed strength and power in 1-on-1 and 2-on-1 situations, and finished camp with an even better Day 2 and beyond. New head coach Dan Quinn gushed over Jarrett's "grit" and said watching Jarrett finish plays is a lot of fun. Jarrett could end up being a steal for Atlanta in the fifth round. Photo: AtlantaFalcons.com