Up next in our look at potential pro players as the NFL Draft approaches is West Virginia long snapper Kyle Poland.
Poland was West Virginia’s starting long snapper for just one year in 2020. Previously, he was slotted behind former standout Rex Sunahara, who is now trying to latch on with the Miami Dolphins. A member of the Big 12’s All-Academic first team, Poland also earned second-team All-America honors from Special Teams U, an organization that trains long snappers, including several NFL team members.
Poland is regarded as one of the top-rated snappers by more than one service for the upcoming NFL Draft, and he believes that his work at WVU’s Pro Day, along with tutelage from Special Teams U coach Kyle Stetler earlier this spring, have put him in position for a good chance to latch on with an NFL team.
At his pro day, Poland measured in at 6′ 1″ and 237 pounds, with a hand measurement of 9 1/8″ and a wingspan of 73 3/4″. He recorded 12 reps on the 225-pound bench press, had a vertical jump of 32 1/2″ and a broad jump of 9′ 3″.
In speed testing, he ran a 4.93 second 40-yard dash, and had 10-yard and 20-yard splits of 2.91 and 1.70, respectively. His 20-yard shuttle time was 4.50, and his 3-cone drill mark was 7.47.
Outlook: Long snappers rarely get drafted, so Poland likely won’t be hearing his name called on the draft broadcast. However, his phone will probably be buzzing as the final round counts down. as multiple teams look to get him in camp for a first-hand evaluation. Perhaps more than any other position, a long snapper’s pro prospects come down to just a couple of items – speed and accuracy of the snap. Poland has been working hard to gain the extra fraction of second that could make the difference in a pro career.