The 2017 NFLPA Rookie Premiere will also feature one of the most anticipated moments for the rookies - donning their official Nike team uniforms for the first time during a photo shoot at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with the NFLPA's exclusive trading card licensee, Panini America.
So if you get a football card this fall that has a Bucs rookie pictured in uniform but there's no players (or fans) in the background, there's a good chance the pic was taken this weekend at the Rookie Premiere. Those position groups typically hold the NFL's most marketable players. There are are still speakers on things like financial planning and how to deal with the media, but according to the NFLPA site there is a heavy emphasis on marketing opportunities for these 40 rookies. "For 23 years, NFLPA Rookie Premiere has been the foundation of players learning about the business and benefits of their union, as they begin their journey into the league". The Texans had three attendees past year, wide receivers Will Fuller and Braxton Miller and running back Tyler Ervin.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Howard, a tight end who prepped at Autauga Academy, with the 19 choice in the NFL Draft on April 27.
Quarterbacks: C.J. Beathard, 49ers; Josh Dobbs, Steelers; DeShone Kizer, Browns; Pat Mahomes, Chiefs; Nathan Peterman, Bills; Mitchell Trubisky, Bears; Deshaun Watson, Texans; Davis Webb, Giants.