NFL teams have started rookie minicamps, giving franchises an early on-field look at their new draftees. Here are observations of Michigan football’s former stars as they begin their careers in professional football:
Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson a ‘perfect fit’
“As you guys all know, we could not get the call in fast enough once we knew they (Jacksonville) did not take Aidan,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “It worked out great – it was perfect. He’s a perfect fit for us. I mean, he really is everything that we’re about and he matches us perfectly. I’ve said this before, but it just so happened to be that he was in the backyard.
“It was not because of that, but that’s icing on the cake there, that he was right down the road. So I just feel like it was meant to be. He belongs here, and when you’re going to pick guys, particularly that high, they better fit everything that you’re about, and he does that. ”
While a rookie minicamp is far from an NFL game, Hutchinson said he was just excited to get back on a football field.
“This is what I do, at the end of the day,” he said. “All that talk, I hate the talk. There’s been a lot of months of talking, lot of rah-rah, but now we’re out here getting the work in, which is what I do.”
Cincinnati Bengals: Dax Hill
“I did not feel any different waking up this morning,” Hill said said of his first taste of the NFL. “Already knew it’s just another day on the field.”
Hill said he’s focusing on learning the playbook and getting comfortable with coaches and teammates.
“I’m just trying to earn my stripes right now,” he added.
While it’s (very) early, reports suggested that Hill looks the part athletically. Of course, that’s should be little surprise given what the former five-star showed at Michigan.
“I’d say we were surprised he was there. Happy he was there, ”Bengals coach Zac Taylor said on NFL Draft night. “… Just felt like Dax was a premier player that was sitting right there for us.”
Baltimore Ravens: David Ojabo
Ojabo is still recovering from the Achilles tear. Ravens GM Eric DeCosta says team doctors are “optimistic that at some point this year he’ll have a chance to play.”
“So far no pain, good flexibility, already biking,” Ojabo reported of his recovery. “… Yeah, I anticipate playing.”
Tennessee Titans: Hassan Haskins
Haskins “had a few nice runs and cuts in traffic and he caught a pass out of the backfield,” the team site noted. During 7-on-7 drills, the running back caught a pair of passes from Malik Willis.
“I was just ready to go,” Haskins said. “I would not say I was nervous but I just wanted to be out here in practice and show the coaches what I can do.”
New England Patriots: Andrew Stueber
All quiet from Foxborough, Mass. Stueber has yet to sign with the Patriots but spoke recently about how he has admired the organization for years.
“I already know some of the guys there pretty closely,” Stueber said of his former Michigan teammates in New England.
Story photo by the Detroit Lions via Twitter.