Willie Snead

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Willie Lee Snead IV (born October 17, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He played college football at Ball State.[1]

Willie Snead
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Snead with the Baltimore Ravens in 2018
No. 83 – Baltimore Ravens
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1992-10-17) October 17, 1992 (age 27)
Winter Park, Florida
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Muskegon Heights High School
College:Ball State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-MAC (2012, 2013)
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Receiving yards:2,961
Receiving touchdowns:13
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

High school careerEdit

Snead played his freshman year at Glade Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida. The Snead family then moved to Michigan where his father, Willie Snead III, had taken the head coaching job at Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan. Holland Christian went 14-0 in 2008 winning the state championship. Snead, as a sophomore, was one of the top receivers on the team with 35 receptions, 543 receiving yards, and 5 touchdowns.[2]

Another move to Muskegon took Snead to Muskegon Heights High School where he would play his final two years of high school football. His senior year, Snead was named Michigan Division 5-6 Player of the Year by the Associated Press.[3] At Muskegon Heights, Snead played quarterback and in his senior year he threw for 2,200 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and one interception. He rushed for an additional 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns. Snead also played defense as a linebacker and safety with one interception and 76 tackles.[4]

College careerEdit

2011 seasonEdit

Snead played in eleven games for the Ball State Cardinals in 2011. In his first start, Snead recorded 180 receiving yards, which is the 11th-best for a single game in Ball State history, and a touchdown against Army.[1] His first career reception came at South Florida and his first career touchdown catch came against Buffalo. Ball State finished the season 6-6 with another win over Army 48-21 and notable losses to #22 South Florida and #2 Oklahoma. Snead finished his freshman season with 327 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.[5]

2012 seasonEdit

In the 2012 season, Snead started in 12 games and played in all 13 games. At the end of the 2012 season, Snead was tied for third on Ball State's single season receptions and third for single season receiving yards. In his sophomore season, Snead ended the year 25th in the nation on receiving yards per game averaging 88 yards per game. He finished the season with 89 receptions, 1,148 receiving yards, and nine receiving touchdowns. The nine receiving touchdowns ranked sixth in a single season in school history.[1]

The Ball State Cardinals finished the 2012 season 9-3 with important wins over #25 Toledo 34-27, the then Big East’s South Florida 31-27 and, for a second year in a row, the Big Ten’s Indiana Hoosiers 41-39. The three regular season losses came to the #12 Clemson Tigers, Kent State, and Northern Illinois. Both Kent State and Northern Illinois went on to be ranked in the Top 25. Snead started for Ball State in the 2012 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl game in St. Petersburg, Florida where they were defeated by the Central Florida Golden Knights 38-17.[1]

2013 seasonEdit

Snead helped quarterback Keith Wenning and head coach Pete Lembo lead the Cardinals to another successful season, finishing bowl eligible for the third consecutive year with a 10-3 record. Snead had 100+ receiving yards in nine games, a school record, and tied with Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews for the most such games that year. He finished the season with 106 receptions for 1,516 yards and 15 touchdowns, setting the Ball State single-season receiving record in all three categories.[6][1] Those totals also ranked him tied for seventh, third, and tied for third respectively among all college football players that season.[7]

Snead bypassed his senior season to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[8][9]

College statisticsEdit

Snead ranks second in Ball State history with 2,991 receiving yards (to Dante Ridgeway's 3,030) and 26 receiving touchdowns (to Darius Hill's 31), and third in receptions with 223. He and Ridgeway are the only two players in Ball State history to have two 1,000 yard receiving seasons, and his 13 games with 100+ yards receiving is a school record.[1]


  • Selected as a Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist in 2012 & 2013[10]
  • 2012 All-MAC First Team Offense
  • 2013 All-MAC First Team Offense[11]
  • 2013 Honorable Mention WR All-American by Sports Illustrated[12]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
195 lb
(88 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
10 14 in
(0.26 m)
4.62 s 1.60 s 2.66 s 4.39 s 7.19 s 33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
11 reps
All values from NFL Combine[13]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Snead went undrafted during the 2014 NFL Draft.[14] On May 10, 2014, the Cleveland Browns signed Snead to a three-year, $1.54 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $5,000.[15]

Throughout training camp, Snead competed for a roster spot against Andrew Hawkins, Anthony Armstrong, Conner Vernon, Charles Johnson, and Taylor Gabriel.[16][17] Snead performed well throughout training camp and finished the preseason with eight receptions for 124 receiving yards.[18] On August 30, 2014, the Cleveland Browns waived Snead as part of their final roster cuts.[19]

Carolina PanthersEdit

Snead signed with the Carolina Panthers practice squad on September 23, 2014.[20] On November 6, 2014, the Carolina Panthers released Snead from their practice squad.[21]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On December 11, 2014, the New Orleans Saints signed Snead to their practice squad.[22] Snead spent the remainder of the 2014 NFL season on the Saints’ practice squad and did not appear in any regular season games during the season. On December 29, 2014, the New Orleans Saints signed Snead to a reserve/futures contract.[15][23]


During training camp, Snead competed for a roster spot against Joe Morgan, Nick Toon, Seantavius Jones, Lance Lewis, Jalen Saunders, R.J. Harris, and Kyle Prater.[24][25] Head coach Sean Payton named Snead the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart to begin the regular season, behind Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, and Brandon Coleman.

He made his professional regular season debut in the New Orleans Saints’ season-opener at the Arizona Cardinals and caught one pass for a 63-yard gain during their 31-19 loss. On September 20, 2015, Snead made four receptions for 44-yards and scored his first career touchdown as the Saints lost 26-19 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. Snead scored his first career touchdown on a 16-yard pass by Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees during the fourth quarter.[26] In Week 5, he earned his first career start and made six receptions for a season-high 141 receiving yards during a 39-17 loss at the Philadelphia Eagles. On November 1, 2015, Snead had six receptions for 70-yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ 52-49 victory against the New York Giants in Week 8. Snead was inactive for the Saints’ Week 13 loss against the Carolina Panthers due to a calf injury.[27] In Week 14, he collected seven receptions for 122 receiving yards during a 24-17 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The following week, Snead made a season-high ten catches for 76 receiving yards as the Saints lost 35-27 to the Detroit Lions in Week 15.[28] He finished the 2015 season with 69 receptions for a career-high 984 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 15 games and eight starts.[29] He finished second on the team in receiving yards, behind Brandin Cooks (1,138 yds), and ranked 28th among all players in the league.[30][31]


Throughout training camp, Snead competed against rookie second round pick Michael Thomas for a job as a starting wide receiver after the Saints released Marques Colston.[32] Head coach Sean Payton named Snead the third wide receiver to start the regular season, behind Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas.[33]

He appeared in the New Orleans Saints season-opener against the Oakland Raiders and caught nine passes for a career-high 172-yards and a touchdown during their 35-34 loss. Snead, Cooks, and Michael Thomas combined for a total of 373 receiving yards against the Raiders, which became the most by a New Orleans’ trio in a loss.[34] Snead was inactive for a Week 3 loss against the Atlanta Falcons after injuring his toe.[35] On November 13, 2016, Snead caught five passes for 47-yards and had a season-high two touchdown receptions during the Saints’ 25-23 loss against the Denver Broncos in Week 10. In Week 12, Snead completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to running back Tim Hightower off a lateral during the fourth quarter of a 49-21 victory against the Los Angeles Rams. It marked his first career touchdown pass. Snead finished the 2016 NFL season with 72 receptions for 895 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 15 games and four starts.[29] Snead was ranked the fifth best slot receiver in 2016 by Pro Football Focus.[36] His 69.2% catch rate was 18th among NFL wide receivers.[37]


Snead entered training camp slated as the No. 2 wide receiver, but received competition for the role from Ted Ginn Jr.[38] On September 1, 2017, Snead received a three game suspension stemming from an incident where he was arrested for driving while intoxicated and failing to maintain proper control of his vehicle after crashing into a parked car and failing a breathalyzer test.[39] He was originally suspended for four games, but was reduced to three after an appeal.[40] Upon returning from suspension, Snead was named the fourth wide receiver in the depth chart behind Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr., and Brandon Coleman. He also lost his position as the primary slot receiver to Brandon Coleman.[41] Snead finished the 2017 NFL season with only eight receptions for 92 receiving yards and was held without a touchdown reception in 11 games and seven starts.[29]


On March 13, 2018, the New Orleans Saints applied a level three tender to Snead as a restricted free agent. The tender allowed the Saints to match any contract offer given to Snead.[42]

Baltimore RavensEdit

Snead prior to the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Tennessee Titans in 2020

On April 20, 2018, the Baltimore Ravens signed Snead to a two-year offer sheet worth up to $10.4 million, giving the Saints five days to match or let him sign with Baltimore.[43] On April 23, 2018, the Saints officially declined to match the Baltimore Ravens' contract offer.[44] As a result, Snead became a member of the Baltimore Ravens and received a two-year, $7 million contract that includes $3 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2 million.[15]

Snead joined a revamped wide receivers core that included free agent acquisitions Michael Crabtree and John Brown. Head coach John Harbaugh named Snead the No. 3 starting wide receiver on the depth chart, behind Crabtree and Brown.[45] He was also named the primary slot receiver.[46]

He made his Baltimore Ravens regular season debut in their season-opener against the Buffalo Bills and made four receptions for 49-yards and caught a 13-yard pass from Joe Flacco during the third quarter of their 47-3 victory.[47] In Week 6, Snead caught a season-high six passes for 60 receiving yards as the Ravens defeated the Tennessee Titans 21-0.[48] He finished the season with 62 receptions for 651 yards and one touchdown. He led the team in receptions and finished second in receiving yards behind John Brown.[49]

On October 28, 2019, Snead signed a one-year, $6 million contract extension with the Ravens through the 2020 season.[50] In week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football, Snead caught 2 passes for 14 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 45–6 win. [51]

Career statisticsEdit

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2015 NO 15 8 69 984 14.3 63 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 1
2016 NO 15 4 72 895 12.4 49 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 0
2017 NO 11 7 8 92 11.5 26 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
2018 BAL 16 10 62 651 10.5 28 1 1 13 13.0 13 0 0 0
2019 BAL 16 11 31 339 10.9 50T 5 2 2 1.0 2 0 0 0
Total 73 40 242 2,961 12.2 63 13 3 15 5.0 13 0 5 2

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Willie Snead III,[52] played wide receiver at Virginia and Florida and was drafted by the New York Jets in the 12th round of the 1989 NFL Draft with the 321st overall pick.[53]


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