Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack will miss two voluntary OTA sessions this week. Can’t say it’s his fault.
Mack is one of 35 rookies to attend the three-day NFLPA Rookie Premiere event that began Thursday morning in Los Angeles.
The event is mandatory for those requested by NFL Players Association sponsors, and Mack, the No. 5 overall pick, is one. According to the union, requested players cannot participate in team activities if they choose not to attend.
Mack is the only Raider on the attendance list.
The Rookie Premiere is an annual event negotiated into the Collective Bargaining Agreement that gives the NFLPA’s marketing partners access to top rookies shortly after the draft.
According to the NFLPA, there is overlap between the Rookie Premiere and OTAs this season because the event is tied to the NFL draft. When the draft was moved back into May, the Rookie Premiere slid back accordingly.
The event also includes seminars on financial planning, building a brand and features former and current NFL players as guest speakers.
Mack is joined by other high-profile attendees, including quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, receiver Sammy Watkins and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Missing a few OTA sessions shouldn’t impact Mack’s offseason development. He’ll have seven more OTA sessions and a minicamp in the offseason program before starting training camp in late July.