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2008 NFL Draft - Ranking Punters & Kickers

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 20, 2008


CFN ranks the top ten 2008 NFL punter and kicker prospects.

2008 NFL Draft Position Rankings
Kickers & Punters

Rankings & Breakdowns
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By Pete Fiutak

PLACEKICKERS

1. Brandon Coutu, PK Georgia
If he can be consistent from inside the 40, he can be the type of bomber who becomes a true difference maker. With unlimited range, he can bomb away from anywhere and has the makeup to be a go-to performer in the clutch. The main problem is a hamstring that's been a problem throughout his career.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

2. Art Carmody, PK Louisville
A consistent producer who was great for four years, the left-footer is a money kicker who proved time and again he can come through when needed. While he's not going to nail the 53-yarder, but he'll connect on the 45-yard shot time and again.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round


3. Steven Houschka, PK NC State
He only had the job for a year, but he did a nice job hitting 16 of 18 field goals and showed decent range. He needs to prove he can show off more pop from beyond 50 and he'll be a question mark after only showing off his skills for one season, but he has a smooth, consistent stroke that should make him a serviceable starter.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

ON THE RADAR

3. Taylor Mehlhaff, PK Wisconsin
4. Alexis Serna, PK Oregon State
5. Garrett Hartley, PK Oklahoma
6. Connor Barth, PK North Carolina
7. Shane Longest, PK St. Xavier
8. Jeremy Ito, PK Rutgers
9. Chris Gould, PK Virginia
10. Chris Nendick, PK Northern Illinois


PUNTERS

1. Mike Dragosavich, P North Dakota State
At 6-5 and 212 pounds, he's a big kicker with a leg to match. A tremendous four-year producer, he has a monster leg able to blast a 50-yard bomb and do it consistently. While he has to work on speeding up his delivery and could be better on putting the ball inside the 20, he could be coached and fine-tuned into a 15-year starter.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round


2. Durant Brooks, P Georgia Tech
Phenomenal at pinning teams deep, Brooks came over from the JUCO ranks to put 67 kicks inside the 20 in two years. 15 a year is considered good. He has a great leg, is consistent, and can be a weapon from day one. He doesn't have the upside of Mike Dragosavich, but he'll be a starter for a long time.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round


3. Tim Reyer, P Kansas State

A good four-year starter who got better as his career went on, he's great at putting it inside the 20 and bailed the offense out of jams time and again. With a consistently big leg, he's a safe punter who won't make many mistakes. Now he has to learn how to speed up his delivery. If he can be just a half-click faster, he could turn out to be the best punter in the draft.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

ON THE RADAR

4. Brett Kern, P Toledo
5. Ken Debauche, P Wisconsin
6. Andrew Larson, P California
7. Kyle Tucker, P Kansas
8. Waylon Prather, P San Jose State
9. Owen Tolson, P Army
10. Johnny Ayers, P Boston College