Pittsburgh Steelers GM explains drafting long snapper Colin Holba
PITTSBURGH — The “S” on the screen was not a “B.” The Pittsburgh Steelers’ sixth-round pick was not providing inside linebacker depth or adding edge-rushing ability.
But he had the same physical dimensions of a player who would, so Louisville long snapper Colin Holba becomes a Pittsburgh Steeler and the only long snapper selected in the 2017 NFL draft.
“Again, not many come along that are that size who are competent snappers,” general manager Kevin Colbert said. “It’s really a supply-and-demand issue.”
Here’s how else Colbert explained the most puzzling decision of the team’s draft days and how that logic stacks up with reality.
“In college football, most long snappers are walk-ons. And because of their rules – there are different rules as to how you can defend them or block them after the snap – they have a lot more liberties than we do in the NFL,” Colbert said. “So a lot of the college snappers are these 6-1, 215-220-pound guys, which really would have a hard time snapping and blocking in our league.”
Holba is 6-4 and weighs 248 pounds. He is the biggest and tallest of the top long snappers in this year’s class. All six of the others in the top 7 in CBS Sports’ draft prospect ranking are at least 6-1 and weigh no less than 230 pounds.
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