Speed ALWAYS leads to opportunities for players who desire NFL careers. Especially when you are dubbed the “Fastest Man in College Football.” That’s the title applied to Kevin Snead, an undrafted free agent wide receiver from Division II Carson-Newman who is trying to make it with the New York Giants.
Snead reportedly ran a 4.22 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. So, he has the speed. He is, however, a track star who has played very little football. He was, in fact, an All-American sprinter. Can he prove to the Giants that he can be a football player, a guy who can do more than run fast in a straight line?
Let’s take a closer look at the 6-foot, 190-pound 25-year-old as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the Giants’ 90-man roster.
2016 Season In Review
Snead played in 10 games for Carson-Newman. He caught five passes for 151 yards (30.2 yards per catch) with one touchdown. He averaged 24.6 yards on 17 kickoff returns, one for a 90-yard touchdown.
2017 Season Outlook
Snead could a field-stretching extra wide receiver or primary option as a kickoff return man. Considering his extremely limited football experience, though, that might not be in 2017.
Snead made a couple of long catches during spring practices witnessed by reporters. As McAdoo indicated, though, he seemed to struggle in tight windows. He also missed some time with a hamstring injury, suffered stretching to haul in a long pass from Davis Webb. He seems to have much to learn as a receiver. As a return man, we don’t know at this point about his ball security, judgment or ability make NFL tacklers miss.
Snead seems a long shot for the 53-man roster. If, however, he can show the Giants he can do things other than run fast he is a logical practice squad candidate.