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Not many punters, kickers


This is a great year not to need a punter or a kicker. The Jaguars drafted a punter last year and would seem to be set in both areas of special teams.

"You're looking at one punter maybe being drafted and one kicker maybe being drafted," draft analyst Tony Pauline said of the class of punters and kickers in this year's draft.

Durant Brooks of Georgia Tech (pictured) would seem to be that one punter. Brooks, 6-0, 204, has a big leg, excellent hang time, can flip the field and shows solid directional skills. The knock on Brooks is that he's slow getting the ball off and that's a major concern at the NFL level. Brooks was mediocre at best at the combine and figures to be drafted in the sixth or seventh round.

North Dakota State's Mike Dragosavich is the only other punter who might carry a draftable grade. Dragosavich, 6-5, 212, is a big guy who kicks big and has big hang time. He can flip the field and is strong enough to make a tackle. He's also slow getting the ball off, however, has only marginal directional skills and his punts tend not to turn over. Some team might like his size, leg strength and upside enough to draft him.

Taylor Mehlhaff, 5-10, 185, of Wisconsin is the top kicker in the draft. He's been a consistent performer for four years and has a strong and accurate leg from placement. The rap on Mehlhaff is that he lacks a strong kickoff leg and that's why he'll likely be a seventh-round pick.

Another kicker of note is Louisville's Art Carmody, while Cal's Andrew Larson is a punter who will likely be signed by somebody.

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