The San Francisco 49ers open rookie minicamp this Friday, which gives us the first chance to check out the 49ers 2013 rookie class. After the three day minicamp, the 49ers will begin offseason training activities (OTAs) starting May 21.
One issue that sometimes comes into play is the rules surrounding when rookies can join their team for OTAs. Fortunately it appears to be only a very minor issue this year. Last year, LaMichael James missed the entire OTA period because Oregon works on the quarter system. This year, it appears the only player impacted by the reporting rules is Stanford fullback Alex Debniak.
Here is a quick rundown of the NFL reporting requirements, courtesy of Mike Sando.
- Players who participated in college football in the 2012 season as graduate students, or who have already graduated or who will graduate prior to May 13, may not participate in any activities other than the three-day minicamp until May 13;
- If final examinations at a player's school conclude prior to May 13, the player may not participate in any activities other than the three-day minicamp until May 13, even if the player has left or leaves school;
- If final examinations at a player's school conclude after May 13, the player may not participate in any activities other than the three-day minicamp until after the player's final day of examinations. If the player has left or leaves school, he may not participate in any activities until after the final day of examinations at his school. These restrictions do not apply to a graduate student, who is permitted to report to his club and participate fully in a Rookie Football Development Program beginning on May 13.
Fortunately for the 49ers, the rest of their rookies will be able to get going right away. The 49ers have OTAs May 21-23, May 28-30 and June 3-6. They then have a mandatory minicamp June 11-13, which wraps up their offseason workout program.