A year ago, wide receiver Quinton Patton famously traveled to the Bay Area on his own dime with every intention of beginning to work out at the 49ers practice facility shortly after being drafted in the fourth round.
Are you searching for a positive from the NFL’s decision this year to move the draft back two weeks?
Here it is: Some draft picks will be able to take part in their team’s offseason program immediately after being acquired in the draft.
As soon as a player who took part in spring classes is drafted this week, the team can bring him to their team offices. The player can take part in workouts for the duration of the offseason program if his college final exams are completed.
If a player is no longer enrolled in college, that player must wait until his school completes its last finals before moving to his new place of employment.
Let’s just say – for example, of course -- the 49ers trade up to select Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans in the first round. Texas A&M's exams wrap up on Wednesday. The 49ers could fly Evans to the Bay Area on Friday, if he's selected on Thursday.
Then, Evans (or any player whose finals have been completed) can begin working out with his new teammates next week during the 49ers’ “Football School,” which opened Monday.
Conceivably, a rookie (drafted or undrafted) could have nine days of on-field work with the veterans and meeting time with coaches before taking part in the 49ers’ rookie minicamp in two weeks.
The 49ers’ voluntary organized team activities for the entire team are scheduled for May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10 and June 12-13. The 49ers’ official offseason program concludes with a mandatory minicamp June 17-19.