By: Long Snapping Coach Kyle Stelter
Special Teams U Student Courtland Clavette signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

Special Teams U Student Courtland Clavette signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

The 2015 NFL draft was a very exciting one in the world of long snapping! Navy long snapper Joe Cardona was drafted in the fifth round, 166th overall by the New England Patriots! That makes him the 2nd highest long snapper to ever be drafted behind Ryan Pontbriand who was selected in the fifth round but at the 142nd pick.

Joe Cardona - Navy gets drafted in the fifth round by the New England Patriots

Joe Cardona – Navy gets drafted in the fifth round by the New England Patriots

Many draft eligible long snappers got calls after the draft had concluded, including 3 Special Teams University long snappers!:

Courtland Clavette of Brown

Andrew East of Vanderbilt

Charlie Coggins of East Carolina

Courtland Clavette was called by the Vikings and Redskins which he turned down for an opportunity to compete for a position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Andrew East was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs (Andrew East Pro Day)(Andrew East Highlight). Charlie Coggins was invited to rookie mini camp with the Carolina Panthers!

Special Teams University long snapping coach Charlie Coggins was invited to mini camp with the Carolina Panthers!

Special Teams University long snapping coach Charlie Coggins was invited to mini camp with the Carolina Panthers!

Nate Boyer was signed after the draft by the Seattle Seahawks

Nate Boyer was signed after the draft by the Seattle Seahawks

Special Teams U virtual student Andrew East was signed after the draft by the Kansas City Chiefs

Special Teams U virtual student Andrew East was signed after the draft by the Kansas City Chiefs

All Draft Eligible Long Snapper Signings/Invites to Mini Camp:

Courtland Clavette – Brown University – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Andrew East – Vanderbilt – Kansas City Chiefs (Andrew East Highlight)(Andrew East Pro Day)

Charlie Coggins – East Carolina – Carolina Panthers

Nate Boyer – University of Texas– Seattle Seahawks (Nate Boyer Highlight)

Rick Lovato – Old Dominion – Chicago Bears (Rick Lovato Highlight)(Rick Lovato Pro Day)

Chris Highland – Illinois State – Houston Texans & New Orleans Saints (Chris Highland Highlight)

Jesse Schmitt – Purdue – Minnesota Vikings (Jesse Schmitt Snaps)

Thor Hadfield – Southern Illinois University – Green Bay Packers (Thor Hadfield Highlight)

Grant Donovan – Louisville – Washington Redskins & Carolina Panthers (Grant Donovan Highlights)

Trever Kruzel – Northern Michigan – Detroit Lions (Trever Kruzel Highlights)

Matt Dooley – Indiana – Pittsburg Steelers (Matt Dooley Highlight)

Sam Rodgers – Syracuse – Buffalo Bills

Drew Ferris – Florida – New York Jets (Drew Ferris Highlights)

Casey Freeman – Alcorn State – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Casey Freeman Highlights)

Harrison Elliot – Air Force – Denver Broncos (Harrison Elliot Highlights)

 

Free Agent Snappers Brought in for NFL Mini Camps:

Luke Ingram – New York Giants

Chad Rempel – Indianapolis Colts

P.J. Mangieri – Jacksonville Jaguars

John Shepardson – Oakland Raiders

Tyler Ott – St. Louis Rams

Dax Dellenbach – Tennessee Titans

Avery Rigg – Cincinnati Bengals

Jesse Schmitt from Purdue has received an invite to Rookie Mini Camp with the Minnesota Vikings

Jesse Schmitt from Purdue has received an invite to Rookie Mini Camp with the Minnesota Vikings

Rick Lovato of Old Dominion has signed with the Chicago Bears

Rick Lovato of Old Dominion has signed with the Chicago Bears

Our long snappers at Special Teams U have worked their butts off to be where they are at right now, it takes hard work, dedication, and a little luck to get to the NFL. We wish these guys the best of luck and have their backs every step along the way!

Chris Highland was picked up for rookie mini camp by the Houston Texans and the New Orleans Saints

Chris Highland was picked up for rookie mini camp by the Houston Texans and the New Orleans Saints

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