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ADAMS AWAITING NAME TO BE CALLED
By Mark Janssen
You're 22 years old, in a college setting, but already a Kansas State University graduate.
Your college career is over, but you're anxiously awaiting the 2011 National Football League Draft.
"The days are long. I'm still in Manhattan, but I graduated in three and a half years, so all my friends are still going to class," said former K-State long snapper Corey Adams. "I get up and eat breakfast, go to my snapping workouts, and then try to watch the History channel or Discovery channel ... something educational. (Laughing) My days are pretty uneventful."
That's about to change as Adams has his snapping fingers crossed that his name will be called in this weekend's draft which begins on Thursday with the first round, Friday with rounds two and three, and the remaining four rounds on Saturday.
"I understand that very few long snappers are ever drafted, but it's still my dream," said Adams, who successfully executed every one of his 485 snaps on extra points, field goals and punts during his four-year K-State career. "It's what I'm hoping for, but if it doesn't happen it's pretty common.
"As the coaches and my agent told me, it just takes one team that likes you to make a roster," said the Monument, Colo., native. "I just want the opportunity to show one team that I'm good enough to make a roster."
In the history of the NFL Draft, only 12 long snappers have ever been selected with Ryan Pontbriand being the highest selected in the fifth round of the 2003 draft by Cleveland.
In this year's draft, Adams is joined by Virginia's Danny Aiken as the only two long snappers that might be drafted.
"My agent says the majority of the teams have me as the No. 1 guy, but the snapper from Virginia is right there, too," said Adams. "We're about identical. He's 6-5 and I'm 6-4, and I weighed eight more pounds (250) than him. Our pro camp days were identical."
Since the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30, Adams says he's spent time with his parents in Colorado, and hanging round his Manhattan apartment. He did play in the Texas vs. The Nation Senior Bowl game in San Antonio, but missed by one vote of receiving an invitation to attend the NFL Combine.
"That bummed me out, but at the same time it gave me another week to train instead of spending a week in Indianapolis," said Adams.
Adams snapped at K-State's on-campus Pro Day on March 15, plus worked out for teams on April 5 that were in Manhattan for a personal workout for Daniel Thomas.
"It was a deal where there was a scout standing over you pretending to rush so you had someone to block," said Adams. "I took 15 or 20 snaps and felt real happy with what I did."
On April 18, the Atlanta Falcons came to the K-State campus to personally work out Adams, plus he's had sit-down interviews with the Chiefs and Patriots, and phone call interviews with the Rams, Dolphins, Bears and Broncos.
"There have been a lot of questions and very few deal with football," said Adams. "There's a lot about your home life, whether your parents are still together, things about your brothers and sisters, whether you have a criminal record, how you've done in school ... just a ton of character-type questions."
Also important to the NFL teams when it comes to long snapping are your clockings. The ideal time for field goals is 1.2 seconds from snap to kick, and, a .8-second time for punts from snap to catch.
"I'm low- to mid-.7s, so I'm in good shape," said Adams.
Oh, and yes, there's even a 40-yard-dash clocking that's important to long snappers.
"It has to do with covering on punts," said Adams. "The average NFL punt has a hang time of five seconds, so they want to know how quickly you can get down the field to cover punts. I was told my time was between a 4.85 and a 4.95, which is pretty good for my position."
If Saturday comes and goes without Adams being drafted, his life will remain in limbo. With the current NFL lockout, the league will not allow any communication about free agency until the legal issues are resolved.
TRUE K-STATE SPECIALISTS IN THE DRAFT: In K-State history, we can find only three other true special teams players to be selected in the NFL draft: 1999 - Martin Gramatica, 3rd round, PK; 1969 - Bob Coble, 15th round, P; and, 1965 - Doug Dusenbury, 16th round, PK.
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