A lot has been made of the a certain NFL rule this offseason. It prevents draftees from schools that are still in session from participating in OTAs. As far as I know, this only affects guys who played in the Pac-12. Or it at least predominantly affects those players.
The Green Bay Packers’ top draft pick, Kevin King, played at Washington and so was thusly affected. King was in Green Bay for the brief rookie orientation camp and then sent away. Meanwhile, all the Packers’ other players and draftees were at OTAs. King was first able to return to Green Bay for the minicamp that happened this week.
Frankly, for a guy with designs on a starting job — a guy the Packers want to win a starting job — King is now behind his teammates.
In reality, while guys should finish school, most players who are drafted haven’t been in school for a while. They’ve been working out constantly in anticipation of getting drafted. So the rule is actually pretty hypocritical on the NFL’s part.
The Packers were able to find a creative way to keep King somewhat up to speed while he was away. They put King on FaceTime with cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt, who furiously drew on a whiteboard to show the rookie what the Packers were installing during OTAs.
“I wanted to be here with everybody with the other guys going through OTAs and everything,” King said. “Of course, I want to be out there. The rules didn’t allow it. I did everything I could. I did my part.”
When King returned for minicamp, the Packers held him out of team drills. He worked mostly on fundamentals and conditioning during the period.
Also, it shouldn’t go without noting that during his NFL banishment, King wasn’t even in Washington. He was working out in Oakland.