Monday, April 07, 2008
April 7, 2008
By Frank Coyle
This group is just an average class with no more than three draftable prospects - all beyond the top-125 rankings.
Brandon Coutu, Art Carmody, and Alexis Serna could all be second-day selections.
Hauschka only kicked one season in college but proved to be a valuable late-bloomer. Coutu is capable of playing multiple roles, while Carmody and Serna have shown to be more reliable place-kickers.
Place Kicker Rankings
1. Steven Hauschka, 6-4, 212, North Carolina State
Powerful kicker completed was excellent in only his first year of play. Hauschka is an accurate kicker who responded well to pressure and has the talent to improve with further experience.
2. Art Carmody, 5-9, 170, Louisville
Carmody is an accurate place-kicker who has been a very reliable performer in clutch situations. He was not used as a kickoff man and has only marginal leg strength for that duty.
3. Taylor Mehlhaff, 5-10, 185, Wisconsin
4. Shane Longest, 5-10, 180, Saint Xavier (Ill.)
5. Brandon Coutu, 5-11, 185, Georgia