Florida’s Evan McPherson and Georgia Tech’s Pressley Harvin III ensured that there was each a kicker and a punter chosen within the 2021 NFL Draft. Might the identical feat be achieved by prospects making an attempt to make a dwelling with their ft subsequent season? We check out the candidates for the highest kicker and punter within the 2022 NFL Draft.
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High kickers within the 2022 NFL Draft
These are my very early rankings of the highest kickers within the 2022 NFL Draft class. The rankings are compiled from observations made whereas watching gamers within the 2021 class and early adventures into 2022 summer time scouting. As such, they’ll be topic to alter all through the summer time and 2021 school soccer season. Nonetheless, it presents an early have a look at the highest kickers within the 2022 NFL Draft.
1) Cade York, LSU
A former three-star prospect who was considered as probably the greatest highschool kickers within the nation, Cade York was given the near-impossible process of changing cult hero Cole Tracy at LSU. Though he endured some rising pains in 2019 — lacking 10 complete kicks — he recovered and have become probably the greatest kickers in school soccer in 2020. He made one hundred pc of his extra-point makes an attempt and 85.7 % of his field-goal makes an attempt.
York additionally has one of many strongest legs of any of the highest kickers within the 2022 NFL Draft, with a career-long of 57 yards. Furthermore, he proved that he can come up clutch when wanted. The LSU kicker is one in all simply three gamers who nailed a 50-plus yard area purpose with beneath a minute to go in the course of the 2020 season.
2) Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma
By way of pure statistics, it seems like Oklahoma kicker Gabe Brkic had a poor 2020 season. In any case, he solely made 76.9 % of his field-goal makes an attempt. Nonetheless, six of his 26 area purpose makes an attempt final season had been 50-plus yard efforts, and he made 4 of them. Earlier than that, he hadn’t missed a single area purpose try, and he transformed all 102 of his profession extra-point makes an attempt.
His 54-yard career-long kick got here within the Huge 12 Championship win over Iowa State, which was the longest area purpose for the Sooners since 1990. Moreover, it was the fourth-longest kick in Oklahoma historical past.
3) Will Reichard, Alabama
The Alabama Crimson Tide noticed 10 gamers chosen within the NFL’s annual choice occasion in Cleveland, and though their class might not be as deep subsequent yr, they’re already set to have one of many prime kickers within the 2022 NFL Draft. With such a potent offense final season, there weren’t too many events the place the sector purpose unit was required. But, when it was, Will Reichard was as dependable as they arrive.
He’s the one kicker on this listing who made each single one in all his kicks in 2020. He went 14 of 14 on area objectives whereas booming all 84 of his further factors by means of the uprights. Moreover, he efficiently transformed his solely 50-plus yard try final season. He has solely missed 4 kicks of any kind in his total Crimson Tide profession.
4) Andre Szmyt, Syracuse
Syracuse’s Andre Szmyt is likely one of the most skilled kickers of all of the potential prime prospects for the 2022 NFL Draft. A starter since 2018, he’s additionally probably the greatest, successful the Lou Groza Award because the nation’s greatest kicker following the 2018 season. That season he was liable for a formidable 151 of Syracuse’s factors.
Though Szmyt’s accuracy has declined barely during the last two seasons, he’s nonetheless some of the correct kickers within the class. He has made 86.2 % of his field-goal makes an attempt and 98.4 % of his extra-point makes an attempt for his profession. Szmyt’s 54-yard career-long additionally ties Brkic and BYU’s Jake Oldroyd for second behind solely LSU’s York.
5) Nick Sciba, Wake Forest
Wake Forest senior Nick Sciba is likely one of the most statistically spectacular kickers within the 2022 NFL Draft class. Throughout his profession for the Demon Deacons, he has hit 89.1 % of his area objectives. In the meantime, Sciba has by no means missed an additional level try. Though his area purpose conversion was under his profession common final season, he nonetheless nailed all 31 of his extra-point makes an attempt.
The place Sciba’s inventory will likely be harmed in comparison with the remainder of the highest kickers within the 2022 NFL Draft is along with his leg energy. His longest profession conversion is 49 yards, lower than the entire different kickers on the listing. Nonetheless, he ought to nonetheless garner consideration as a result of his stage of accuracy and consistency on extra-point makes an attempt.
Honorable point out for the highest kickers within the 2022 NFL Draft
Jake Oldroyd, BYU; Anders Carlson, Auburn; Cameron Dicker, Texas; Matt Coghlin, Michigan State; Parker White, South Carolina; Brayden Narveson, Western Kentucky; Charles Campbell, Indiana; Connor Culp, Nebraska; B.T. Potter, Clemson.
High punters within the 2022 NFL Draft
These are my very early rankings of the highest punters within the 2022 NFL Draft. They may undoubtedly change all through the upcoming school soccer season.
1) Jake Camarda, Georgia
A former three-star recruit and the second-ranked punter within the 2018 recruiting class, Jake Camarda gained the Georgia punting job as a freshman and has held on to it ever since. Final season, he achieved a mean of 46.6 yards per punt, amongst probably the most of any of the highest punters within the 2022 NFL Draft class. Camarda has a 67-yard career-long punt, and final season, he downed 50 % of his punts contained in the 20-yard line.
Displaying large consistency, Camarda has boomed a punt over 60 yards in every of his three seasons with the Bulldogs.
2) Lucas Dean, UTSA
A Dunsborough, Australia native, UTSA’s Lucas Dean will look to proceed the ever-growing pattern of Australian punters within the NFL. Exterior of Camarda, no different punter on this listing recorded extra punts downed contained in the 20 than Dean final season. He dropped a formidable 47 % of his makes an attempt deep into enemy territory, with 15 coming contained in the 10-yard line.
Dean demonstrated improvement between his freshman season and final yr, growing his common punt from 40.8 to 46. Moreover, he booted a career-long 67-yard punt in 2020 — his earlier lengthy had been 56 yards. Dean is an ascending prospect to keep watch over.
3) Michael Turk, Arizona State
Arizona State’s Michael Turk is likely one of the most attention-grabbing punter prospects on this class. After a spectacular 2019 season the place he boomed a 75-yard punt, averaged 46 yards per try, and downed over half his makes an attempt contained in the 20-yard line, he declared for the draft. Turk turned heads with a formidable bench press efficiency however finally went undrafted following disappointing punting drills.
Turk fought to return to the Solar Devils, citing the worldwide state of affairs as having impacted his alternative to be drafted. He succeeded, and in a shortened 2020 season, displayed consistency with a 47.2 punt common. If he can obtain a mixture of consistency whereas demonstrating the leg energy he exhibited in 2019, he’ll comfortably be one of many prime punters within the 2022 NFL Draft class.
4) Adam Korsak, Rutgers
One other Australian punter making an attempt to ascertain themselves as one of many prime prospects on the place within the 2022 NFL Draft class is Rutgers’ Adam Korsak. The Melbourne native emerged as one of many strongest legged kickers within the nation in 2018, booming a 79-yarder in his debut season taking part in the game.
Though he hasn’t achieved the punt averages that among the prospects on this listing have — 42.7, 43.8, and 43 yards, respectively, over the previous three seasons — Korsak has been constant. Furthermore, he downed 44 % of his punts contained in the 20-yard line final season.
5) Lou Hedley, Miami
Punters don’t come extra recognizable than Miami’s Lou Hedley. At 6’4″, 225 kilos, and lined in tattoos, he isn’t the kind of participant you try to run by means of as you come back one in all his punts. Not that too lots of his punts get returned.
Over half of his 2020 makes an attempt resulted in truthful catches, whereas he averaged 47.2 yards per punt. Because of this, he was named as a finalist for the Ray Man Award final season.
Regardless of this, one of many areas the place Hedley pales in comparison with the opposite prime punters within the 2022 NFL Draft is the variety of punts downed contained in the 20. Final season, solely 28.5 % of his makes an attempt landed contained in the opponent’s purple zone. The remainder of the punters on this listing had been over 40 %.
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Oliver Hodgkinson is an NFL Draft Analyst for Professional Soccer Community. You’ll be able to comply with him on Twitter at @ojhodgkinson.