LONG SNAPPERS AREN'T DRAFTED OFTEN. Iowa's Casey Kreiter will get a shot with the Dallas Cowboys this year. He signed a free agent contract following the conclusion of the NFL Draft.
Happy to say that I will be headed to Dallas Texas and get the opportunity to compete for a job! This is truly a dream come true!— Casey Kreiter (@caseykreiter) May 11, 2014
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT CASEY KREITER?
He was a permanent team captain and starter at long-snapper for the last three seasons. As a long-snapper Kreiter has one of the most invisible roles on the football field -- if you notice him, it's probably because something went catastrophically wrong. And nothing went catastrophically wrong for Iowa with Kreiter handling the long snaps. That's probably the biggest compliment that we can pay him.
WHAT DID HE DO THAT WAS SO GREAT?
He snapped the ball really, really well. They don't make highlight reels devoted to long-snapping and it's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes a good long-snapper, but this seems like pretty good indirect evidence: Kreiter handled deep snaps in every Iowa game from 2011-2013 and in those games Iowa's kicker, Mike Meyer, went 110-110 on extra points. Kreiter never once screwed up a deep snap on those point-after attempts. Meyer also went 38/47 on field goal attempts in those years, but I don't recall any of the misses being a result of poor snaps. Kreiter provided solid snaps for Iowa's punts during those years as well.
HOW ARE HIS PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES?
Well, he's a long-snapper, so... He measured 6'2", 252 lbs. at his Pro Day, so he's not a big fella, but he's not being asked to block big hosses on a regular basis, either.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE?
Not much. Again: long-snapper. He did have 9 career tackles at Iowa, if that matters to you.
WHAT ABOUT THE BAD?
Aside from the size issue, if that's even an actual issue? Not much. He was a rock solid contributor to Iowa's special teams for three years and performed his role pretty admirably.
WAS THIS A GOOD FREE AGENT SIGNING?
Were you looking for a new long-snapper? If so, Kreiter looks like one of the best guys available. Kreiter seems like the sort of player who could carve out a long niche for himself as a special teamer in the NFL and, if everything goes according to plan, you'll never really notice that he's out there.
DOES OUR NEW ADDITION HAVE A TWITTER ACCOUNT?
Just crushed a column on @Jeopardy No matter what the category you always feel smart after doing that.— Casey Kreiter (@caseykreiter) April 30, 2014
Ed. Note: Big ups to PSD for his assistance with this report.