Indianapolis Colts rookies wrapped-up their initial minicamp last weekend, and now running back Nyheim Hines and wide receiver Daurice Fountain will be among 40 NFL rookies at the 2018 NFLPA Rookie Premiere this week in Los Angeles from May 17-20.
The official website for the event describes itself as follows:
Launched in 1994, NFLPA Rookie Premiere is unique across professional sports, providing partners with unmatched access to 40 of the NFL’s newest young stars at their first major business and marketing event following the NFL Draft. NFLPA Rookie Premiere is one of the most valuable opportunities, exclusively available to NFLPA partners, because it’s the first time for these partners to connect directly with professional football’s most promising and marketable young stars--all in one place—and build content and relationships that extend into the season and beyond.
At this event, rookies start relationships with sponsors and other associates as well as get photographs taken for collectible football cards.
There is already a lot of buzz about fourth-round pick Hines coming from the Colts organization. He has extensive experience as a slot receiver, running back and kickoff/punt return specialist, so the Colts can, and do plan on, utilizing him all over the field. He impressed people at rookie camp, already flashing what he’s capable of.
Fountain — a fifth-round pick — could be a big steal for the Colts if he scratches the surface of his potential. At 6-1 and 210 pounds with mid-4.4 speed, a 42.5-inch vertical and 11-2 broad jump, Fountain is dripping with potential. He dominated his lower level of competition last year at Northern Iowa, but the Colts must get to work on him adjusting to the NFL level.
Fellow Colts rookies Quenton Nelson, Jordan Wilkins and Deon Cain would’ve been other options. However, despite being the sixth overall pick, there are no offensive linemen on the event’s list. With Hines already going, Wilkins isn’t on there, and Cain was a sixth-round pick.
Of the 40 rookies taking part, Denver Broncos fifth overall pick Bradley Chubb is the only defensive player listed.