NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that the NFL has informed all of the teams that they will be limited to inviting no more than five tryout players to rookie minicamps that will take place after the NFL Draft.
The NFL informed clubs today they'll be limited to a maximum of five tryout players at rookie minicamps next month, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 22, 2021
Some teams traditionally have invited dozens of unsigned players to compete with draft picks and undrafted signings. Smaller events in 2021.
This is most likely a precaution to have fewer participants in rookie minicamps due to COVID-19, as teams were only informed that this would be the case for 2021. Last year there was no rookie minicamp, so there were no tryout players for the 2020 season, only drafted and undrafted signings invited to training camp, but now there will still only be a max of five allowed at all-rookie camps this year.
Tryout players do have a few diamond-in-the-rough success stories, most famously Adam Thielen was a tryout player with the Vikings and has become one of the NFL’s standout receivers, and most notably for Seattle Seahawks fans defensive end Benson Mayowa was a tryout player.