The New England Patriots will finally have representation at the NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere, which in an event where "players will gain insight and connections that will assist in the development of their professional off-field careers and personal brands."
After failing to make an appearance last year, the Patriots will be represented by rookie 4th round pick Malcolm Mitchell, the wide receiver out of the University of Georgia.
The purpose of the event is to focus on financial planning, to build an individual brand, and to learn about player rights. Mitchell is a fantastic candidate as he's a published children's book author that absolutely deserves a larger audience.
Last year, all but five teams (Patriots, Bengals, Broncos, Cowboys, and Giants) were represented at the event. This year, a whopping nine teams didn't make the cut (Steelers, Colts, Jaguars, Lions, Falcons, Buccaneers, Panthers, 49ers, Cardinals).
The Patriots host their own rookie orientation and you can be certain that owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick have had a section about financial planning. Mitchell will be a great representative for the Patriots at the rookie premiere.