Over the weekend, 39 of the NFL’s offensive rookies and 1 defensive rookie spent time in Beverly Hills, California learning about life as a professional football player.
They were there for the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, an event that provides the NFLPA’s marketing and advertising partners with access to 40 of the NFL’s newest young stars at their first major business and marketing event following the NFL Draft.
During the event, all 40 of the rookies get to put on their full uniform for the first time and pose for not only a group photoshoot but a Panini America trading card photoshoot, too.
Here’s the photo of all 40 players who attended the event, including running back Mark Walton who represented the Bengals at the event.
For the first time, Walton got to put on his full Bengals uniform and it’s a great look for the rookie running back, if we do say so ourselves.
The event also allows the rookies to make some friends in their draft class. Walton posted a picture with Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley. All three are from Florida and will play against each other this year in the NFL.
The Bengals play the Ravens in Weeks 2 and 11 and play the Falcons in Week 4, so Walton will be able to reunite with his new friends soon enough.
In addition to Walton and Jackson, other AFC North rookies who attended the event include Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels, Steelers wide receiver James Washington, Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst, Ravens wide receiver Jaleel Scott, Browns running back Nick Chubb and Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. The only defensive player to attend was Broncos first round pick, defensive end Bradley Chubb.