The 17th annual NFL Rookie Symposium is going on this week. The rookies began arriving Sunday and the event runs through Saturday, June 28. The point of the Symposium prepares all drafted rookies for life in the NFL by teaching four core principles: NFL History, Total Wellness, Professional Experience and Workplace Conduct.
It's a four-day orientation held at the Bertram Hotel in Aurora, Ohio. It includes presentations, videos, and workshops on player health and safety, decision making, mental health, substance abuse, workplace respect and maintaining positive relationships.
The NFC rookies' orientation began on Sunday and runs through Wednesday. At that point the AFC rookies will begin their four-day experience through Saturday.
All Raiders drafted rookies are expected to attend. Those players are Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson, Justin Ellis, Keith McGill, T.J. Carrie, Shelby Harris, and Jonathan Dowling.
Former player presenters include two former Raiders - Mike Haynes and Warren Sapp, along with La Var Arrington, Cris Carter, Garry Cobb, Donovin Dariusm Warrick Dunn, Keith Elias, Luther Eliss, Eddie George, Terry Johnson, J.R. Tolver, and Aeneas Williams. Current players include Tyrann Mathieu, Giovani Bernard, Kyle Long, Pat McAfee, and Ryan Mundy.
Panel discussion topics include "Expectations of an NFL Player," "Transitioning to the NFL," "Reaching Out," "Defining Success," and "Staying in the Game."
AFC rookies will also participate in a PLAY 60 youth football clinic with children from the Cleveland area at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative complex on Friday, June 27.