2013 NFL Draft - Kickers & Punters

Posted Apr 23, 2013

From a college football perspective, the analysis of the top kicker and punter prospects.

2013 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Kickers & Punters

By Pete Fiutak
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2013 NFL Draft Analysis
- Quarterbacks | Run Backs | Fullbacks | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off Tackles | Off Guards | Centers
- Defensive Ends | Inside LBs | Outside LBs
- Cornerbacks | Safeties | Kickers & Punters
1. P Brad Wing, LSU 6-3, 205
A game-changer, the left-footer is a big, strong punter who can bail a team out of any jam by cranking out a huge kick. Mechanically sound, he's ready from Day One to step on an NFL field and kick, needing little work or tweaking. He can do it all, able to hang it up in the air for a mile, or can put it inside the 20 when he's focused. And that's a little bit of the problem. He was suspended for the Chick-fil-A Bowl after failing a drug test, and he's a character who might step out a big considering he's a punter, but he has a pro leg and will be in the league longer than any of the LSU pro prospects in this draft.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

2. P/PK Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State 6-1, 189
A superior dual-threat kicker, he has an excellent leg and seems to want the big kicks in the big moments. An all-star placekicker, he's an even better punter who hangs the ball in the air for three days and is great on his placements. Throw in his abilities on kickoffs and he can do it all. He needs work on his technique and might need to be broken down a bit before he's built back up mechanically, but his versatility and leg strength could make him an invaluable three-spot kicker.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

3. PK Caleb Sturgis, Florida 5-9, 188
With a huge leg and nice consistency, he was phenomenal from deep over the last two years and showed he could produce in the biggest of games. A good, smart worker who takes his draft seriously, he's great at doing the same thing over and over and over with terrific practice habits. There's a worry about a back problem that knocked him out a few years ago, and he might not be a kickoff specialist, but he has the leg to be a sensational placekicker for a long time.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

4. PK Dustin Hopkins, Florida State 6-2, 193
The NCAA's all-time leading scorer for a kicker, he has four years of experience and isn't going to be fazed by any situation. With a good enough leg to be given a shot anywhere inside 60 yards, he can blast away and won't have any problems producing from deep in key situations. Great on kickoffs, he can do everything for a kicking game. He's a weapon.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

5. P Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech 6-2, 229
The left-footed two-time Ray Guy winner was the unsung star for a superior offensive team. Great at pinning teams deep, he has the accuracy and the consistency to go along with the huge leg, he can do everything right. He needs to tighten up his mechanics at the next level and must get the ball off faster, but that can be changed and worked on.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

6. PK/P Brett Maher, Nebraska 6-0, 186
A nice all-around kicker, he has decent range and is rock-solid from inside 45 yards. A good punter, he was steady and consistent, showing off a decent leg, but not an elite one. Able to do a little bit of everything. However, he's not an elite NFL talent in any one area, and while he can be tried out to be a jack-of-all-trades to save a roster spot, he needs to show he can do one thing really well.
CFN Projection: Free Agent