Scouting The Draft: Blair Walsh, K, Georgia

NFL teams continue to search for that stability at the kicking position, with 5 kickers being franchised this off-season. The Jets actually don't have a kicker on the roster with Nick Folk becoming a unrestricted free agent and coming off a underwhelming season where he made 19 of 25 field goals for a conversion percentage of 76%. There is a chance we bring Nick back, but taking a punt on a college kicker isn't completely out of the question.

He had a great 3 year career at Georgia that ended on a sour note with a very poor 2011 where he connected on just 21 of 35 kicks, it got even worse when he missed two field goal attempts in overtime against Michigan State in this years outback bowl. The first from 42 yards and the second from 47 yards.

However that can't overshadow the career that Blair had at Georgia becoming the SEC's record holder with 412 points in his career. In his first three years as the Georgia kicker, Blair missed just 13 attempts. He had 19 touchbacks last year and possesses a strong leg and a fantastic work ethic.

The thing with Blair is that he has great technique with a strong leg. For some reason, 2011 just was not his year and he was highly inconsistent. Even with his struggles he is still regarded as the best kicker in the draft and a potential late round draft pick. When a kicker misses 14 field goals during his senior year as is still regarded as the best kicker and a draftable player, you know he has something that goes beyond the realm of stats.

On the surface, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people were completely against drafting Blair based on his performance in 2011 but I wouldn't hate it. He has a lot of talent and he just hit a rough patch at the worst possible time. Mocking The Draft actually interviewed Blair earlier this month and it's well worth a read


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