Colin Holba of Louisville runs in the NFL combine in February.. The Steelers took Holba in the sixth round of the draft on Saturday. (Michael Conroy)
Stay woke Greg Warren.
The Pittsburgh Steelers put their veteran long snapper on notice when they selected Colin Holba out of Louisville in the sixth round of the draft on Saturday.
Warren is one of three players on the roster remaining from the team that beat Seattle to capture the 2006 Super Bowl. The 35-year-old has played in 180 games for the Steelers since joining the team in 2005 and has made a habit of signing one-year deal after one-year deal as a security blanket to the team’s kickers.
Holba served as the long snapper for coach Bobby Petrino in each of the last two seasons. He must have been pretty good. He decided to come out early and even participated in the NFL combine. And no, Holba wasn’t a guy who was on the offensive line and moonlighted as a long snapper. He was just the long snapper.
The selection is a bit odd for the Steelers, who still have depth issues at inside linebacker and tight end. Drafting a long snapper seems like a bit of a luxury.
Then again, considering the weapons Pittsburgh expects to have on offense last year, they’re just playing it safe in case Warren suffers from extra-point fatigue.
This isn’t the first time the Steelers have used a draft pick on a long snapper. They grabbed Drew Caylor in the sixth round in 2004. He bounced around several teams but never appeared in an NFL game.
If it doesn’t work out for Holba in the NFL, he should be fine. He was valedictorian of his high school graduating class.