San Francisco 49ers first round selection, OG Joshua Garnett, has joined his team for practice for the first time as the team reconvenes today for a mandatory minicamp. Garnett had been unable to participate in the 49ers' offseason program due to NFL rules.
NFL rules prohibit rookies from participating in offseason work until their school's senior class has finished their terms, even if that rookie has already graduated.
Last week, OT Joe Staley expressed how important it was for Garnett to join his teammates and shared his feelings on the NFL rule that kept him out. "I think that's a weird rule. I don't want to get started on that," Staley told the media.
Joshua Garnett is here for start of #49ers minicamp, Chip Kelly says but won't say which side he'll play guard— Cam Inman (@CamInman) June 7, 2016
Garnett was selected with the 28th overall selection in April. The 49ers traded up to make the selection. He was the 2015 John Outland Trophy Winner, an award given to the most outstanding interior lineman of the year.