Monday, May 17, 2010

These NFL rookies could make quick impact

Dennis Dillon
Tuesday, May. 11, 2010 - 4:07 p.m. ET

It's not easy for a rookie to turn heads at his first minicamp. Contact isn't allowed, and there are only so many things he can do in a T-shirt and shorts.

Nonetheless, these 11 draft picks were among the rookies who made good first impressions during their NFL indoctrinations.

In his first practice, he showed some fatigue. In his final practice, he twisted his ankle. In between, Bryant displayed outstanding hands and athletic ability. He caught just about every pass thrown his way and made at least a couple of spectacular receptions in every practice.

"Dez Bryant is an absolute talent," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips gushed. "You don't get to be around that many players who come in and look that good that early. In 33 years, I can say that there haven't been that many that have come in and looked that talented in the first three-day period as he has."