A kicker coming off the board in Round 2? Keep dreamin’, kid .
Or not. Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah says he can see the former Seminole coming off the board in the second round and that the kicker definitely won’t make it past Round 3. This would put Aguayo, who decided to enter the draft after his junior season, in rarified air. We haven’t seen a placekicker selected in the first three rounds , when the Jets jerseys grabbed authentic jerseys wholesale cheap Mike Nugent jersey in Round 2 and the Chiefs jerseys snatched up cheap Dustin Colquitt jersey in Round 3. Of course, we all remember when another Seminole, cheap Sebastian Janikowski jersey, went to the Raiders jerseys in Round 1 at No. 17 overall.
All of this and the recent decision to permanently leave extra points at the 15 yard line raises one obvious question: Would you take a kicker on Day 2 (Round 2/3)?
Yes, I would be open to taking a kicker on Day 2. A second round pick only has a 50 percent chance of starting within four years. A third round pick only has a 30 33 percent chance to start within four years. If you are
sure he is the guy, the percentages say to take him. The kicker can win games for you and affect field position with his kickoff ability.
The reason to
not take him is only nine of the 32 primary kickers in the NFL last season were drafted at all (the others originally entered the league as undrafted free agent signees). It is clearly an area where you can find a solution without expending any draft capital. I knew a team that hired a coach whose sole job was to concentrate on finding a punter and kicker without drafting one. It can be done and can save you money/draft picks.
Usually the team that drafts a kicker high is either a good team that can afford to use a second or third round pick on a specialist instead of a position player. The other scenario where a kicker could be taken high in the draft is when a team has extra picks. The compensatory picks start in the third round a round where you might see a team takeUnless I’ve missed something, there’s
never a good reason to use a high draft pick on a kicker. Teams can find plenty of viable options at that position in free agency, and other spots simply bring more value to an organization. Just look at the decision by late
Raiders jerseys owner Al Davis to select. Janikowski has made one
Pro Bowl in 16 seasons, while the
Raiders jerseys haven’t had a winning campaign in the last 13 years. You can’t blame all that futility on one man, but this much we do know: It’s highly unlikely any kicker taken so high will ever change a franchise’s fortunes.
It depends on the draft class, but if the kicker is proven, then yes: I’d 100 percent take a kicker in Round 2 or 3. If a guy can go a season and do his job consistently which is what coaches want at every position then he is a valuable commodity. Sometimes people think that kickers aren’t players that teams want to waste money on, but it’s not a bad investment.
In the third, fourth or fifth rounds, teams are often shaking the dice and hoping their draft picks pan out. If you have a guy who is a proven kicker in college and that’s your team need, then you should take that risk because he’ll most likely be used right away.