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Wide receiver Devin Thomas described his first Washington Redskins minicamp as a pleasant "welcome to the NFL."

Not every youngster was so lucky.

Franchises spend months in pre-draft preparation because of how important those picks are toward building a strong roster. Yet many of the same teams are remarkably careless in the initial handling of their rookie classes.

By and large, rookies aren't physically or psychologically ready to practice in the two weeks following the draft. Many picks haven't been in pads since January. The layoff is even longer for those who hadn't participated in college all-star games.

Some players still have their head swimming like the morning after a wild draft-day party. Travel logistics and preparing for a move to a new city can become overwhelming, especially for those still in school.

But that didn't keep every team except Jacksonville and Denver from throwing their rookies into the fire earlier this month.

Veterans aren't treated so recklessly. Those players usually have more than a month of training in their team's off-season workout program before participating in a minicamp or OTA (organized team activity) practice. Rookies don't follow those types of detailed, football-specific workouts before the draft.

Multiple pre-draft visits with teams leave some high-profile picks ragged. Thomas had nine of them, leaving him in less-than-ideal physical condition entering Washington's minicamp two weeks ago.

"You don't get the chance to follow your daily workout routine," said Thomas, a second-round selection. "You have to make time on your own doing little things like push-ups and sit-ups in the hotel room. There's no time to hit the weight room."

Thomas said Washington's camp "wasn't that strenuous." Drills were done at a slower speed because players are trying to learn the systems being installed by new head coach Jim Zorn and defensive coordinator Greg Blache.

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I think teams make it tough on Rookies for a reason. They want to see what happens when guys they are about to make millionaires get overwhelmed. I don't see a problem with it as long as they aren't trying to injure them.

He gave a case about a player who never recovered from a bad showing, at mini-camp??

"Two members of Miami's front office in 2001 told FOXSports.com that first-round pick Jamar Fletcher could never psychologically rebound after a lousy outing in a full-squad minicamp. Fletcher started only six games at cornerback in three seasons before being traded to San Diego."

Maybe he wasn't NFL caliber to begin with, I mean c'mon, this is football on the highest level, either you can play or you can't.

Alex Marvez represents the softer, gentler, feel-good side of football. If you have ever listened to him on Sirius Radio, you would know he is just a fabulous guy. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.)

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All I know is, if the man is taking my money, he ought to be doing the job. If he's never done the job before, he ought to be learnming the job.

Darrell Green said they were awful rough on him his first 6 weeks. You're at a new level and you're not the best player on the team any more. It's expected. It's just like when they came out of junior college or high school and showed up at college. They weren't the best player on the team then either.

Welcome to the real world. If your psyche is broken. maybe you should have chosen another line of work. For 100's of thousands, if not millions, of dollars, I think the rookies can take it. It beats flipping burgers.

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