Why did the Pittsburgh Steelers draft a long snapper?
PITTSBURGH — Colin Holba wasn’t expecting a phone call during the draft.
He certainly wasn’t thinking he’d hear from Mike Tomlin or Art Rooney II in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL draft. But he did.
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected the Louisville long snapper 213th overall
To the extent that Holba had a draft party, he had a few family members and a couple friends over to his parents’ house. It wasn’t an occasion so much as a designed distraction, he said, from waiting for a player that was supposed to be an undrafted free agent.
“I wouldn’t call it a party,” Holba said. “It was just something to keep my mind off of today.”
But the Steelers had repeated and consistent contact with Holba. They interviewed him at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine before general manager Kevin Colbert spoke with Holba at Louisville’s Pro Day.
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Holy continued to hear from Pittsburgh about once a month leading up to the draft, he said.
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He knew the Steelers have veteran long snapper Greg Warren in the position, and have, for more than a decade.
“He’s one of the best in the biz,” Holba said. “So I just can’t wait to soak up all the information he has to offer and do all that the coaches tell me to do and just work my butt off.”
Steelers 2017 NFL Draft picks
1st round: No. 30 overall – T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
2nd round: No. 62 overall – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
3rd round: No. 94 overall – Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
No. 105 overall – James Conner, RB, Pitt
4th round: No. 135 overall – Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
5th round: No. 173 overall – Brian Allen, CB, Utah
6th round: No. 213 overall – Colin Holba, LS, Louisville
7th round: No. 248 overall
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