"I was very surprised," Landes told MLive.com. "I was expecting free agency, just because I know how rare long snappers get drafted. I wasn't expecting anything in the draft."
Landes was the only long-snapper invited to the combine and, according to the MLive piece, is one of four true long-snappers to ever be drafted. And while it seems like an interesting and heart-warming story, it did bring about an interesting debate -- one that started earlier in the draft when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up to draft Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo. At what point does the value of drafting a special teamer, especially a long-snapper, exceed the value of taking a swing on a boom or bust position player late in the draft?
"We did a lot of work on all the long snappers, like we do every year, and we felt like he would be a guy that would be able to come in and compete for a spot," Detroit GM Bob Quinn said. "The value was right at the right time."