Originally Posted by TheSilentKiller
The issue with drafting kickers early is not related to their importance. Denying the importance of a good kicker is just silly. The real reason kickers aren't drafted early is because it remains one of the toughest positions to evaluate at the college level. If you need evidence of this, just look at the list of the most accurate kickers in NCAA history.
Brett Baer (90%) - went undrafted and never played an NFL down
Alex Henery (89%) - lasted four years with a career 82% FG percentage
Roberto Aguayo (88%) - prolly out of the league in <2 years, 72% career FG percentage
Chris Manfridini (87%) - didn't make a team
Jeff Budzien (87%) - didn't attempt an NFL kick
Nate Freese (86%) - one season, career 43% FG percentage
and you can just keep going. There is only one player in the top 20 in NCAA FG % who went on to have a successful NFL career - Kai Forbath
I'm not saying they aren't important. They are very much so.
But you don't waste a second round pick on one.
Interesting stats, though. Did not know that.