Four punters and a long snapper were drafted Saturday

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The 2016 NFL Draft had a little bit of everything.

It even included four punters and a long snapper.

Drew Kaser was the first punter to be drafted, early in the sixth round by the Chargers. Three more punters were drafted from there, most notably Riley Dixon by the Broncos. Veteran Broncos punter Britton Colquitt is due to make $3.25 million in 2016, so a potential camp battle that might be decided by more than just performance looms.

The Lions took long snapper Jimmy Landes in the sixth round, at pick No. 210. Landes went to Baylor to play baseball, but after hitting .048 he took up long snapping. He was the only long snapper invited to this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.

A long snapper getting drafted is rare, but the Lions picking Landes means it’s happened in back to back years. The Patriots picked Joe Cardona in the fifth round last year.

The only kicker selected was Roberto Aguayo, who went to the Buccaneers after they traded two picks to get him in the second round at No. 59.

7 responses to “Four punters and a long snapper were drafted Saturday

  1. In the words of Golden Turd….”The Lions empire is being built via drafting the first long snapper in the history of the NFL!”


  2. Teams are starting to value special teams and running backs again.

    These trends coming in cycles, just like everything else (music, style, politics, etc)

    Not surprising.

  3. Patriots drafted a long snapper last year, according to the article. Bet the talking heads went on about what a genius pick it was.

  4. Yet Tom Hackett, two time Ray Guy winner, wasn’t drafted. And he signed with the Jets….who drafted a punter. I don’t get it.

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