Corey Adams knows the odds are against him.
It’s not everyday that a NFL team decides to use a draft pick on a long snapper. Sure, it’s happened before. But most teams would rather wait until the draft ends and acquire specialists as undrafted free agents.
Still, Adams, who was as dependable as they come on punts and kicks during his time at Kansas State, is hoping to hear his name called in the late rounds of this week’s NFL Draft.
For what it’s worth, Wildcats coach Bill Snyder thinks that might happen.
“He’s as good as I’ve been around, and I’ve never said that about anybody, I don’t think,” Snyder said. “He’s awfully good.”
Adams said he worked out in front of Atlanta Falcons representatives earlier this week at K-State, and has been in contact with several teams. Many have called to make sure they know how to reach both Adams and his agent this weekend.
“If they do draft me, I’m happy to be their guy,” Adams said. “But if not, then I just hope they give me a shot as a free agent signee and let me go to camp and compete for a job.”
There are positives to both scenarios.
“A lot of people I’ve talked to tell me, ‘It would be cool to be drafted,’” he said. “But ideally, for a specialist going late in the draft, you may get stuck with a team you may not like.
“But if a team is going to use a draft pick on you as a specialist that’s pretty much them saying they expect you to come in and start. Honestly, though, I wouldn’t mind playing anywhere. If it’s Buffalo or San Diego, it doesn’t matter. I just want to play professional football.”
Again, Snyder thinks that will happen.
“If he doesn’t (get drafted),” Snyder said, “he’ll go somewhere and he’ll be there. He’ll make it.”
Adams is also confident in his pro chances, but he has a backup plan in place should something go wrong.
“I honestly think I’m going to come back here and be a G.A. under Sean Snyder,” Adams said. “I will try to be an assistant special teams type of guy and come back to school … and just try to be around the program. These guys have been so great around me for four years, I just want to come back and try to contribute as much as I can.”