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Top kicker and punter


The crop of kickers and punters in this year's draft is topped by two prospects – Ohio State's Mike Nugent and Tennessee's Dustin Colquitt – but the Jaguars wouldn't seem to be in the market.

Nugent, 5-10, 180, seemed to make every big kick he faced with the Buckeyes. That's his calling card: clutch kicks. Nugent, however, doesn't have a top kickoff leg. He's a prospect to be drafted late in the first day, a year after Nate Kaeding was selected by San Diego with the second pick of the third round.

Colquitt, 6-2, 196, is the draft's top-ranked punter. He has a strong leg and was very consistent on the college level. His punts have good hang time and he can kick directionally. Colquitt didn't have a good combine workout and that will drop his stock into the second day, but he figures to be an immediate fix for a team needing help on fourth down.

Ball State's Reggie Hodges, 6-0, 226, turned in a stellar performance at the combine, where he booted the ball 60 yards with regularity. Hodges is a good-looking athlete who will make the tackle on occasion. He figures to be drafted in round five or six.

Oklahoma State's Cole Farden and UTEP's Bryce Benekos are two other punters who are draft possibles, while Boise State's Tyler Jones, BYU's Matt Payne, Kansas State's Joe Rheem, Michigan State's Dave Rayner, Maryland's Nick Novak and Minnesota's Rhys Lloyd are the remaining kicking prospects.

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