Posted January 18, 2023 | Bret
2023 Kohl's Pro Combine // Proven NFL Opportunity
In its 9th year, the annual Kohl's Pro Combine is again set to provide one of the most legitimate opportunities for specialists to be seen by NFL, CFL, XFL, USFL coaches, general managers, scouts, and player personnel. With NFL rules restricting NFL coaches and personnel to evaluate Draft Eligible Seniors in person-- 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 2 million public views, with the 2022 Kohl's Pro Combine being viewed by personnel from 32 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 2 million public views to-date.
Athletes Earning NFL Opportunities
As a stepping stone for now NFL specialists like Ryan Stonehouse (Titans), 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 the first 8 years, the Kohl's Pro Combine has seen 96 kickers, punters, and long snappers from the annual event earn NFL opportunities with teams. 28 went on to start in NFL regular season games.
Overall, 70 Kohl's athletes started in the NFL regular season in 2022, and a good chunk previously attended the Kohl's Pro Combine.
33 of the last 44 kickers, punters, and long snappers selected in the NFL Draft have worked with the Kohl's Staff.
A few of the Kohl's Pro Combine alumni starting in games in 2022 are AJ Cole (Raiders), Matt Haack (Colts), Will Lutz (Saints), Logan Cooke (Panthers), Chase McLaughlin (Colts), Tabor Peppers (49ers), Matt Overton (Cowboys), Hunter Bradley (Cardinals), Greg Joseph (Vikings), Blake Gillikin (Saints), Matt Haack (Colts), and more.
From last year's Kohl's Pro Combine, Ryan Stonehouse (Titans) went on and broke the NFL single-season record for punt average as an undrafted free agent.
The Vikings found their starting punter in Ryan Wright, who was able to make it to the Kohl's Pro Combine Event Finals months before. Long Snapper Mitch Fraboni (Broncos) and Caleb Shudak (Titans), both 2022 Kohl's Pro Combine attendees were also able to start in games during the NFL regular season.
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.