Posted January 20, 2022 | Bret
2022 Kohl's Pro Combine // A History of NFL Opportunity
In its 8th year, the annual Kohl's Pro Combine is again set to provide one of the more legitimate opportunities for specialists to be seen by NFL, CFL, and USFL coaches, general managers, scouts, and player personnel. With NFL rules restricting NFL coaches and personnel to attend-- aside from their individual Pro Day, the Kohl's Pro Combine video broadcast has proven to be the most legitimate way for draft-eligible specialists to compete in front of NFL personnel, and a great way for free agents to also take advantage of a captive audience during the Kohl's Video Broadcast.
To-date the video broadcasts of the annual event have collectively garnered 1.9 million public views, with the 2021 Kohl's Pro Combine being viewed by personnel from 30 of the 32 NFL teams.
Legitimate NFL Interest
Staged on a private page for coaches to view player information and video, analytics are tracked with viewership from close to every NFL team each year. Last year personnel from 30 NFL teams viewed the video finals from this event. The general public video broadcasts of competition finals from this event have collectively garnered over 1.9 million public views to-date.
Athletes Earning Opportunities
As a stepping stone for now NFL specialists like AJ Cole (Raiders), Blake Gillikin (Saints), Wil Lutz (Saints), Matt Haack (Bills), Logan Cooke (Jaguars), and many more-- the opportunity is wide open to NFL Draft eligible and free agent kickers, punters, and long snappers.
In it's 7-year existence, the Kohl's Pro Combine has seen 83 kickers, punters, and long snappers from the annual event earn NFL opportunities with teams. 23 went on to start in NFL regular season games.
Overall, 69 Kohl's athletes started in the NFL regular season in 2021, and a good chunk previously attended the Kohl's Pro Combine.
A few of the Kohl's Pro Combine alumni starting in games in 2021 are AJ Cole (Raiders), Matthew Wright (Steelers), Matt Haack (Bills), Ty Long (Chargers), Logan Cooke (Panthers), Chase McLaughlin (Browns), Tabor Peppers (49ers), Matt Overton (Chargers), Hunter Bradley (Packers), Greg Joseph (Vikings), Chris Naggar (Browns) all were able to start in the NFL regular season in 2021, with many more signing practice squad and futures contracts.
Over a series of charting sessions and competitions, top athletes have ample opportunity to separate themselves and earn a chance to perform in front of NFL coaches and player personnel in a video broadcast of the event finals. During the finals, kickers and punters are given a number of reps to showcase their ability, in addition to the competition. Long Snappers are given a series of reps to showcase their snapping, foot work, as well as their snap-and-release.