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2016 NFL Draft: Complete Special Teamer Rankings

We complete the positional rankings for the 2016 NFL draft with the kickers, punters and long snappers who ply their trade on special teams


We complete the positional rankings for the 2016 NFL draft with the kickers, punters and long snappers who ply their trade on special teams units. Not many end up drafted, but there’s a rare talent at the top of that list, in college football’s all-time most accurate kicker. K = Kicker, P = Punter, LS = Long Snapper. Sr = Senior, Jr = Junior, So = Sophomore. An “r” prefix indicates a redshirt year (sat out for a year without playing, usually their first year of college). 1. Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State, rJr – 4th Round It’s rare for kickers to go early, but Aguayo isn’t the standard special teams prospect for the NFL. He not only declared a year early for this draft, but could have done so as a sophomore last season had he wished. Arguably it might have been better if he had. His 2015 season was certainly the “poorest” (relatively) of his 3 years for the Seminoles, failing to convert on 5 of his 26 attempts this year, giving him an 80.8% conversion rate. He’s never missed an extra point over his FSU career though, and is statistically the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. Talk of going in the 2nd or 3rd round seems quite early though. That’s a big investment in any specialist, and given that Aguayo, as accurate and technically proficient as he is, doesn’t have elite leg strength, more of a mid-round value might be better suitable. It’s much more likely though that he doesn’t last that long. He’s far from perfect, but is about as good a kicker prospect as there’s been in recent years, and though his slightly down year in 2015 should be considered, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go on day two of the draft, should a team have the luxury of taking him that early. 2. Will Monday, P, Duke, rSr – 7th Round Monday has a complete skill set to make it as an NFL punter. His strong leg has seen him average 43.48 yards per punt this season, and over four seasons has always kept at least a 42.8 average. After the first three games of the 2015 season he was netting just shy of 50 yards per kick. At 6ft 4 and 212 lbs he has size to like as well that compliments his strong leg to complete an overall complete physical skill set. He can kick long distances to pin teams back, but has also regularly shown the touch both to take some pace off the ball in shorter yardage situations and the ability to use direction as well. It didn’t work out, with his intended target failing to complete the reception, but he showed potential to execute trick plays as well with a nice throw on a fake punt in the bowl game versus Indiana in his final collegiate game. As an experienced and consistent player over his four years, Monday is as good an option as any among this year’s punters to pick up late, should a team have a need at the position. 3. Ka’imi Fairbairn, K, UCLA, Sr – 7th Round Fairbairn was having a fantastic year for the Bruins, where up until the final few games of the year he had converted 19 out of 20 attempts. He also showed his leg strength by hitting a school record 60 yarder against Utah. However, he went on to miss 3 of his final four kicks in the last three games of 2015; not an ideal finish. The concern is whether he will revert back to the less consistent form of his first couple seasons, in which he missed 12 of 41 field goal attempts and four extra points over 2012 and 2013. Despite the disappointing finish to his senior season, Fairbairn was still awarded with the Lou Groza award for the nation’s top kicker of the year. He is very reliable from shorter distances, which included not missing from 40 yards or less this season. Add in using his leg strength to hit touchbacks on kick-offs, and he might be worth a last round selection, and hoping that his late season struggles were just a minor blip in form which has otherwise been good. 4. Lachlan Edwards, P, Sam Houston State, Sr – 7th-PFA (Priority Free Agent) At 6ft 4 and 209 lbs, with an extremely strong leg, Edwards has the potential to make it in the pros. He’s had a very strong career for the Bearcats, in particular during 2014 where he averaged a superb 44.1 yards per punt. He finished with a solid but lower 41.5 in 2015 in what was his poorest year, which makes him more of a borderline draft selection than he could have been if he’d continued with another strong year. A worry was his poor performance in the FCS playoff encounter with Southern Utah. It was a game played with high stakes and in poor weather conditions. Under those difficult circumstances he didn’t manage to step up, and badly shanked a couple of his punts. There’s no doubt that he has the skill set though, and has a good chance of coming off the board before the end of the draft’s final day.

Priority Free Agent:

5. Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M, rSr 6. John Lunsford, K, Liberty, Sr 7. Alexander Kinal, P, Wake Forest, Sr 8. Tom Hackett, P, Utah, Sr 9. Ben LeCompte, P, North Dakota State, Sr 10. Ross Martin, K, Duke, Sr 11. Riley Dixon, P, Syracuse, rSr 12. Jeff Overbaugh, LS, San Diego State, Sr

Potential to make a roster or practice squad:

13. Cason Beatty, P, Florida State, Sr 14. Jimmy Landes, LS, Baylor, Sr 15. Brad Craddock, K, Maryland, Sr 16. Nathan Theus, LS, Georgia, rSr 17. Jaden Oberkrom, K, TCU, Sr 18. Taybor Pepper, LS, Michigan State, Sr

Outside shot at making a team:

19. Eric Enderson, P, Delaware, Jr 20. Jamie Keehn, P, LSU, Sr 21. Peter Mortell, P, Minnesota, rSr 22. Ian Frye, K, Virginia, Sr

Something to like about their game, but longshot to make a team:

23. John DePalma, LS, West Virginia, Sr 24. Cory Carter, P, Texas Southern, Sr 25. Marshall Morgan, K, Georgia, Sr 26. Alex Howell, P, Boston College, Sr 27. Mattias Ciabatti, P, South Florida, rSr 28. Reid Ferguson, LS, LSU, Sr 29. Korey Durkee, P, Washington, Sr 30. Andrew Baggett, K, Missouri, Sr 31. John Wallace, K/P, Louisville, rSr 32. Brent Wahle, K, Ohio Dominican, Sr 33. Zach Paul, P, Akron, rSr 34. Marshall Koehn, K, Iowa, rSr

The rest:

35. Zach Matics, K, Appalachian State, rSr 36. Nick Dooley LS, Texas-El Paso, Sr 37. Taylor Bertolet, K, Texas A&M, rSr 38. Landon Foster, P, Kentucky, Sr 39. Collin Barber, P, Georgia, Sr 40. Anthony Melchiori, P, Kent State, Sr 41. Michael Schmadeke, K, Northern Iowa, Sr 42. Ethan Perry, P, TCU, Sr

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