For the first time since 2009, a dedicated long snapper was selected in the NFL Draft. Joe Cardona from Navy was a Fifth Round selection and pick 166 overall by the Patriots. Cardona, who may not be able to play until 2017 due to his military commitment, is the second highest snapper ever drafted. Ryan Pontbriand remains the highest selection when he was drafted by the Browns in the Fifth Round in 2003 but with the 142nd pick.
After the Draft, at least a few of the top college prospects had reached contracts as undrafted free agents. These include Andrew East (Chiefs), Rick Lovato (Bears), Courtland Clavette (Buccaneers) and Nate Boyer (Seahawks). Boyer, who was a favorite of many NFL writers due to his background, had his call from Seattle shown on the NFL Network coverage of the Draft.