NFLPA confirms players attending the 2014 Rookie Premiere

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The NFLPA has confirmed the list of attendees heading to the Rookie Premiere this year.

It features 36 players such as Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Jadeveon Clowney.

Every year, the NFLPA Rookie Premiere is used by card companies to secure elements for future releases such as autographs and jerseys. There are also pictures taken of players in their new uniforms, giving the companies a chance to capture action and head shots – no Photoshop required.

The lists are usually compiled by the card company officials, selecting about 40 players who they want to be featured in their products. It’s usually highly offensive skill position heavy. So collectors can expect to see autographs of guys like Jimmy Garoppolo and Donte Moncrief throughout 2014 releases.

Breakdown by position
WR: 13
QB: 10
RB: 9
TE: 2
DE: 1
LB: 1

Players attending the NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Davante Adams, WR; Green Bay
Dri Archer, RB; Pittsburgh
Odell Beckham Jr., WR; New York Giants
Kelvin Benjamin, WR; Carolina
Blake Bortles, QB; Jacksonville
Tajh Boyd, QB; New York Jets
Teddy Bridgewater, QB; Minnesota
Ka’Deem Carey, RB;Chicago
Derek Carr, QB; Oakland
Jadeveon Clowney, DE; Houston
Brandin Cooks, WR; New Orleans
Eric Ebron, TE; Detroit
Mike Evans, WR; Tampa Bay
Devonta Freeman, RB; Atlanta
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB; New England
Jeremy Hill, RB; Cincinnati
Carlos Hyde, RB; San Francisco
Jarvis Landry, WR; Miami
Cody Latimer, WR; Denver
Marqise Lee, WR; Jacksonville
Johnny Manziel, QB; Cleveland
Khalil Mack, LB; Oakland
Tre Mason, RB; St. Louis
Jordan Matthews, WR; Philadelphia
AJ McCarron, QB; Cincinnati
Donte Moncrief, WR; Indianapolis
Aaron Murray, QB; Kansas City
Paul Richardson, WR; Seattle
Allen Robinson, WR; Jacksonville
Bishop Sankey, RB; Tennessee
Tom Savage, QB; Houston
Austin SeferianJenkins, TE; Tampa Bay
De’Anthony Thomas, RB; Kansas City
Logan Thomas, QB; Arizona
Sammy Watkins, WR; Buffalo
Terrance West, RB; Cleveland

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  1. sconnienation3
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Whew…I’m kind of glad Jared Abbrederis didn’t make it. Chasing Nick Toon and Russell Wilson and Montee Ball the past couple years has been exhausting. lol

  2. Jeff S
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Wow. Two out of 36 on defense. Instead of getting guys on defense or the O-Line who might end up Hall of Famers, they pick skill position players who will be out of the league in a few years. Great picks card companies…enjoy making those “event” relics.

    Here’s a suggestion for who should be invited: All first round picks. For any team that didn’t have a first round pick, the highest pick in the draft otherwise. About the same number of guys, and you get both sides of the ball.

  3. Mike Pereira
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Really getting over done with the one sided emphasis of the Football hobby manufactures. And the “event worn” patches need to go. They are a slap in the face of collectors that are looking for real memorabilia and not cheap gimmicks. I can wait till the end of the season to get “game worn” patches that come out of the high end products.

  4. chrisolds
    Posted May 23, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Jeff: How many veteran offensive and defensive linemen are clamored for by collectors who’ll pay top dollar to get their autographs? Not many — and that’s the case with the rookie crop here.

    The card companies cater to what collectors say they want based on what they buy.

  5. chrisolds
    Posted May 23, 2014 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Mike: Most of those high-end, end-of-year products aren’t using game-used rookie jerseys, either.

  6. Jeff S
    Posted May 23, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Chris: Collectors really only chase a few names in a set any way. They aren’t paying top dollar for the autographs of people other than a select few. Is Tajh Boyd really going to have a better career than Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews, or Justin Gilbert? Are the people who got a Ryan Mallett (who might still make something of himself, mind you) happier with those autos than they would be of someone like J.J. Watt? Is anyone delighted with a Michael Egnew over a Luke Kuechly? That’s my point. It’s short sighted, both on the part of companies and collectors.

  7. Bryan M
    Posted May 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    As a Packers fan, I would really have loved to see some Ha-ha Clinton Dix jersey and auto cards, personally!

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