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Kickers
Peter King
July 25, 2005
One way to get an edge is by taking one of the top three kickers with a few rounds left in the draft. It's hard to go wrong with any of the three, and each is more valuable than a No. 4 wideout or a backup QB. But if the top three are gone, don't take a kicker until the last round--there's just not that much difference between the fourth- and 12th-best kickers.
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July 25, 2005

Kickers

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POINTS FG FG PCT.
1. Adam Vinatieri, Patriots The best in bad weather, the clutch, the postseason, etc. 141 31 93.9
2. David Akers, Eagles 122 27 84.4
3. Jason Elam, Broncos 129 29 85.3
4. Mike Vanderjagt, Colts Scored 100 points or more in all seven NFL seasons (and twice more in CFL) 119 20 80.0
5. Nate Kaeding, Chargers 114 20 80.0
6. Shayne Graham, Bengals 122 27 87.1
7. Jeff Reed, Steelers 124 28 84.8
8. Ryan Longwell, Packers Improved offense should mean more opportunities 120 24 85.7
9. Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders 106 25 89.3
10. Jason Hanson, Lions 100 24 85.7
11. Matt Stover, Ravens 117 29 90.6
12. Jeff Wilkins, Rams 89 19 79.2
13. Mike Nugent, Jets* 102 24 88.9
14. Josh Brown, Seahawks 109 23 92.0
15. Lawrence Tynes, Chiefs Missed just once from inside 40, but hit only 50% from 40 and beyond 109 17 73.9
16. Ola Kimrin, Titans 24 6 60.0
17. Aaron Elling, Vikings 5 1 50.0
18. Todd Peterson, Falcons Gets to kick in dome after resurrecting career with 49ers 77 18 81.8
19. John Kasay, Panthers 84 19 86.4
20. Phil Dawson, Browns 100 24 82.8
21. Josh Scobee, Jaguars 93 24 77.4
22. Doug Brien, Bears Good season turned sour with two crucial misses in playoff game while with Jets 105 24 82.8
23. Rian Lindell, Bills 117 24 85.7
24. John Carney, Saints 104 22 81.5
25. Kris Brown, Texans 85 17 70.8
26. Neil Rackers, Cardinals Five FGs were from 50 yards or more 94 22 75.9
27. Olindo Mare, Dolphins 54 12 75.0
28. Billy Cundiff, Cowboys 91 20 76.9
29. John Hall, Redskins 37 8 72.7
30. Matt Bryant, Bucs After kicking for four years in Georgia Dome, must contend with tricky winds of Giants Stadium 21 3 75.0
31. Jay Feely, Giants 94 18 78.3
32. Joe Nedney, 49ers** 111 25 80.6

One way to get an edge is by taking one of the top three kickers with a few rounds left in the draft. It's hard to go wrong with any of the three, and each is more valuable than a No. 4 wideout or a backup QB. But if the top three are gone, don't take a kicker until the last round--there's just not that much difference between the fourth- and 12th-best kickers.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

Stats in charts from 2004 season

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