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2009 NFL Draft - The Kickers & Punters
Utah P/PK Louie Sakoda
Utah P/PK Louie Sakoda
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 22, 2009


The 2009 NFL Draft is almost here. From a college football perspective, here's the CFN ranking of the top kicker and punter prospects led by Utah's Louie Sakoda.

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The Top Kickers & Punters


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By Pete Fiutak  

- 2009 NFL Rankings
Quarterbacks
| Running Backs | Fullbacks | Receivers | Tight Ends
Centers | Guards | Off. Tackles | Def. Ends | Def. Tackles
Inside LBs | Outside LBs | Cornerbacks | Safeties

PLACEKICKERS

1. David Buehler, USC
If nothing else, he has the big leg to be a kickoff specialist. Incredibly strong, he threw up a shocking 25 reps on the bench at the Combine and ran a 4.56. Originally a safety when he came to USC, he became automatic from close range. He didn’t get a chance to make any big bombs, but he has the leg to give it a shot.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

2. Louie Sakoda, Utah
The best all-around kicker in college football over the last few years, Sakoda was a strong punter as well as a placekicker. He doesn’t have a cannon for a leg and will only handle field goals in the NFL, but he was clutch and automatic whenever needed. He has a proven 50-yard range and he won’t wilt under the pressure. His problem will be on kickoffs and he has to show that he has a competent deep leg or else a team might have to use up a spot on a specialist.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

3. Graham Gano, Florida State
A phenomenal punter as well as a placekicker, he singlehandedly destroyed Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl (if that’s possible for a punter) by pinning the ball deep time and again. He also won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s best kicker with his only two misses coming from beyond 50 yards.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

ON THE RADAR

4. Sam Swank, Wake Forest
5. Jeff Wolfert, Missouri
6. Pat McAfee, West Virgiia
7. Jose Martinez, UTEP
8. Ryan Succop, South Carolina
9. Jason Bondzio, Arizona
10. Swayze Waters, UAB

PUNTERS

1. Kevin Huber, Cincinnati
A very strong, very consistent kicker with a great work ethic and a cannon for a leg, Huber is a safe starter for the next several years. Extremely accurate, he won’t put many kicks into the end zone and he gets good hang time. Now he has to learn to get the ball off quicker as he was way too slow in off-season workouts.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

2. Chris Miller, Ball State
Ultra-consistent with a good deep leg, he spent the last year working more on his accuracy but it didn’t come at the expense of his average. He doesn’t have a huge leg, but it’s good enough to get by and he’s great at working on the little things. He’ll have to get his kicks off quicker and will get some blocked, but if given time he’ll be a weapon.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

3. Thomas Morstead, SMU
A big kicker with a booming leg and a strong work ethic, he looks the part of an NFL punter. He gets the ball away in a hurry and hangs it up in the air for an hour. If needed, he can be used as a placekicker after nailing 24-of-35 his last two years.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

ON THE RADAR

4. Matt Fodge, Oklahoma State
5. Justin Brantly, Texas A&M
6. Jacob Richardson, Miami University
7. Aaron Perez, UCLA
8. Tim Masthay, Kentucky
9. Andy Dittbenner, Northern Illinois
10. T.J. Conley, Idaho