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PHOTOS: Rookies take their first NFL snaps at team minicamps

By Denny Burkholder | CBSSports.com Staff Writer

So you want to be an NFL starter? With the hype of their stellar college careers behind them, several highly-touted draft picks took their first reps with the full team this week at OTAs and minicamps.

Time will tell who sinks and who swims. But for now, here's a peek at the action.

Arizona Cardinals

Rookie CB Tyrann Mathieu (right) -- a.k.a. Honey Badger -- joins another former LSU standout, Patrick Peterson, at workouts. (USATSI)
Rookie CB Tyrann Mathieu (right) -- a.k.a. "Honey Badger" -- joins another former LSU standout, Patrick Peterson, at workouts. (USATSI)

Buffalo Bills

Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel (right) makes a throw as another new addition to the Bills -- QB Kevin Kolb -- looks on. (USATSI)
Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel (right) makes a throw as another new addition to the Bills -- QB Kevin Kolb -- looks on. (USATSI)

Cincinnati Bengals

Rookie tight end Tyler Eifert breaks in his new Bengals gear. (USATSI)
Rookie tight end Tyler Eifert breaks in his new Bengals gear. (USATSI)

Cleveland Browns

Rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo hits the field. (USATSI)
Rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo hits the field. (USATSI)

Dallas Cowboys

Center Travis Frederick, the Cowboys' 2013 first-round draft pick and projected starter, stands his ground during practice. (USATSI)
Center Travis Frederick, the Cowboys' 2013 first-round draft pick and projected starter, stands his ground during practice. (USATSI)

Houston Texans

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (left), the Texans' first-round draft pick, works alongside veteran WR Andre Johnson. (USATSI)
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (left), the Texans' first-round draft pick, works alongside veteran WR Andre Johnson. (USATSI)

Minnesota Vikings

First-round draft pick Sharrif Floyd, DT, hits the pads during minicamp. (USATSI)
First-round draft pick Sharrif Floyd, DT, hits the pads during minicamp. (USATSI)

The Vikings' other two first-round draft picks -- CB Xavier Rhodes (right) and WR Cordarrelle Patterson -- compete for the ball during workouts. (USATSI)
The Vikings' other two first-round draft picks -- CB Xavier Rhodes (right) and WR Cordarrelle Patterson -- compete for the ball during workouts. (USATSI)

New York Giants

Rookie QB Ryan Nassib, the Giants' fourth-round pick out of Syracuse, throwing the long ball. (USATSI)
Rookie QB Ryan Nassib, the Giants' fourth-round pick out of Syracuse, throwing the long ball. (USATSI)

New York Jets

Jets quarterbacks (left to right) Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and rookie Geno Smith work on their form. (USATSI)
Jets quarterbacks (left to right) Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and rookie Geno Smith work on their form. (USATSI)

Philadelphia Eagles

Former USC quarterback Matt Barkley tosses the ball around at Eagles minicamp. (USATSI)
Former USC quarterback Matt Barkley tosses the ball around at Eagles minicamp. (USATSI)

San Diego Chargers

Rookie linebacker Manti Te'o (right) a second-round pick out of Notre Dame, gets his feet wet in the pros. (USATSI)
Rookie linebacker Manti Te'o (right) a second-round pick out of Notre Dame, gets his feet wet in the pros. (USATSI)

St. Louis Rams

Rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin, drafted with the eighth overall pick, protects the football. (USATSI)
Rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin, drafted with the eighth overall pick, protects the football. (USATSI)

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