Cards Prospect Q&A: Long Snapper

The Cardinals have solidified their special teams unit but will look to add depth in the draft. GM Rod Graves could target an undrafted free agent to promote competition and provide injury protection. Brad Wilbricht scored an interview with a special teams standout in this AZRedReport.com exclusive.

Indiana's Tim Bugg is the most sought after long snapper in this year's draft. Bugg boasts the potential to make an immediate impact on an NFL roster. He originally enrolled at Indiana as a walk-on in 2003 before earning a scholarship. Bugg spent his first two seasons on the scout team prior to finding his niche as a long snapper.

Bugg (6'0", 255 pounds) was a key fixture on Indiana's productive Indiana special teams. The Hoosiers connected on 21 of 23 field goals and made all 49 extra points in 2007. In addition, they punted 59 times without a block. In 30 career games, Bugg failed to yield an errant snap in 326 attempts.

Bugg's large hands and long arms allow him to snap the ball with tremendous explosion. He displays excellent accuracy on long snaps and outstanding velocity on shorter attempts. Bugg is also an effective blocker and is adequate in kick coverage.

While Bugg thrives at an under-appreciated position, his pro potential earned him invitations to the NFL Combine and the Senior Bowl. He excelled during both events and acknowledged he had little to prove at his recent Pro Day.

"I didn't think I had anything left to prove at my Pro Day," he said. "I snapped great at the Combine and the Senior Bowl. The coaches and scouts were impressed and said they had seen everything they needed."

At the Combine, Bugg was approached by nearly every special teams coach in the NFL. He felt his meetings went great and believes he can instantly contribute to the team that drafts him.

"My situation is different than most players," Bugg said. "If a team drafts or signs me, they're depending on me to make an immediate impact on special teams."

Bugg also understands the draft is extremely unpredictable. Teams are constantly using smoke screens to confuse their opponents. Bugg expressed no favoritism towards a prospective NFL team, but is eager to see how his future pans out.

"Sometimes the team that shows the most interest doesn't pick you and the team that shows no interest does," he said. "I'm looking forward to draft day and am excited to see where I end up."

Although the Cardinals already have an excellent snapper in Nathan Hodel, specialists like Bugg are difficult to obtain. If he's available as a free agent, look for Bugg to garner strong consideration from GM Rod Graves.


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