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2007 Rookie Profiles: Placekickers/Punters

Posted: 5/07
 

Courtesy of the TFY Draft Preview

QB I RB I FB I WR I TE I OT I OG I C I PK I DT I DE I ILB I OLB I CB I S
 

Full Name:  Kody Bliss                  School:   Auburn      Pos: P

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   172            40:   5.12                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his

sophomore campaign.  Averaged 45.7 yards on 47 punts as a senior with a long of 71 yards.  Connected on a 61-yard field goal in high school.

Pos:

Strong-legged kicker who drives punts.  Can handle the bad snap, gets solid

hang-time gives coverage units a chance to make plays down field.  Has the ability to flip the field.

Neg:

Struggles when he must quickly get the ball off his foot.  Average skills placing

punts or directional kicking.

Analysis:

A four-year starter who's done well on the college level, Bliss has the ability to

play at the next level if he improves his consistency and fine-tunes the details of his game.

 



Full Name:  Mason Crosby           School:   Colorado     Pos:  PK

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   213            40:   5.28                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman and has been awarded

All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign, while being named an

All-American the past two years.  Connected on 67.9% of his field goals last

season, with a long of 56 yards.  Missed on three attempts outside of 60 yards.  Hit five field goals outside of 50 yards as a junior, including a 58-yarder at sea level, which was an NCAA record.  Kicked on a career-long 60-yard field goal as a sophomore.

Pos:

Big-legged kicker who is the best prospect at his position in almost a half-dozen years.  Gets tremendous lift on field goals, consistently hits them from long yardage and handles pressure well.  Comes through in clutch situations.  Has proven effective at altitude or at sea level.

Neg:

Does not consistently follow through on the longer field goals, which hampers the trajectory of his kicks.  Struggled with his kickoffs during Senior Bowl practices in adverse conditions.

Analysis:

A productive and consistent kicker in college, Crosby is a legitimate first-day

pick who can impact a team during his rookie campaign.

 


Full Name:  Nick Folk                    School:   Arizona   Pos:  PK

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   212            40:   5.03                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Handled the full-time kicking and punting duties last season, winning

All-Conference honors.  Connected on 75% of his field goals last year with a long of 52 yards.  Averaged 44 yards on 74 punts, including a long of 78 yards.

Pos:

Strong-legged kicker with an inconsistent game.  Drives punts down field, kicks

moon shots that get great hang time, and gives coverage teams an opportunity to

make plays downfield.  Consistent field goal kicker inside 40 yards.

Neg:

Struggles when rushed as a punter and does not quickly get the ball off his foot. Has difficulty with directional kicking and is not effective as a pooch punter. Kickoffs do not get great height.

Analysis:

A double-duty kicker with enough leg strength to make it at the next level, Folk performed well enough at the combine to get late round consideration.

 


Full Name:  Jason Medlock          School:   UCLA  Pos:  PK

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   201            40:   4.93                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and an All-Conference selection throughout his career. 

Connected on 87.5% of his field goals as a senior with a long of 51 yards.  Junior totals included 76.4% completion on field goals.  Career long field goal of 52 came as a sophomore.

Pos:

Left footed kicker that is consistently accurate outside of 50-yards.  Gets good lift on kicks and drives his field goals.  Adequate kickoff leg with the ability to get the ball inside the 5-yard line from the pro-mark.

Neg:

Does not get great hang time on kickoffs.  Will miss the easy kick from shorter

distances on occasion.  Pled guilty to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge from an incident in December of ’05.

Analysis:

A solid college field-goal kicker very reliable from long distances, Medlock must

improve the consistency of his kickoffs to have a real shot at the next level.

 



Full Name:  Adam Podlesh           School:   Maryland   Pos:  P

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   205            40:   4.50                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his freshman campaign

and named an All-American last season.  Averaged 42.3 yards on 53 punts as a senior with a long of 63 yards.  Junior numbers included a 43.7-yard average, with a long of 70-yards.

Pos:

Strong-legged prospect who consistently gets tremendous hang-time on punts. 

Quickly gets the ball away, kicks moon shots and enables coverage teams to get downfield.  Displays the ability to directional kick or place his punts in the short field.  Makes the tackle if necessary.

Neg:

Kicks with a flat-footed style and normally does not punt for great distance or flip the field.

Analysis:

A smart and competitive punter who’s been consistent on the college level,

Podlesh is a legitimate mid-round choice who could eventually become an NFL starter.

 



Full Name:  Daniel Sepulveda      School:   Baylor  Pos:  P

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   223            40:   4.49                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former walk-on who moved into the starting lineup as a freshman.  Averaged 46.5

 yards on 66 punts last season with a long of 78 yards.  Placed 26 punts inside

the 20-yard line.  Averaged 46.1 yards per punt as a junior and 45.9 yards as a sophomore.  Awarded All-Conference honors the past four seasons and was

Pos:named All-American after his junior and senior campaigns.

Big-legged punter who can flip the field.  Kicks moon shots and consistently gets

hang-time near five seconds on his punts.  Can punt his team out of jams under

pressure.  Shows the ability to directional kick.  Places punts well, putting

backspin on the ball when required.

Neg:

Has difficulty when he must quickly get the ball off his foot.  Just average

touch-to-toe time.

Analysis:

Consistent throughout his college career, Sepulveda comes off a career season

last year and is starting material at the next level.

 

 

 

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