Originally posted by JamesGatz83:
True, but there isn't a lot of difference between the top 20-25 NFL kickers or so. As has become apparent here, most fans only even notice a kicker when he's in the bottom third (or in our case, dead last).
While I would rather not draft a kicker higher than the 5th, I do agree that we're going to start to see them go higher and higher. As I mentioned in your other thread, the Jags used a 3rd on a punter last year and a lot of other rookie kickers had a lot of success.
And the guy who wasted that 3rd on a punter is no longer employed as the GM of the Jags.
Kickers are notoriously fickle. A kicker can look great one year and completely horrid the next. (See Akers, David. Crosby, Mason). Hell Billy Cunduff was a pro-bowler one year. They're like bullpen arms in baseball. There are a lot of free agent kickers available and I'd rather give a bunch of guys a tryout and see who rises to the top, and if they're truly is no one out there who can cut it then and only then do we use a late rounder
on a kicker. Using anything above a late 5th would be foolish imo.