2003 Kicking Prospects


The Steelers entered the season with a veteran in one Todd Peterson. They gambled that Peterson could tame the windy conditions at Hines Field, and they lost. When Peterson was injured during the season, the team was pleased to find that previously unemployed kicker Jeff Reed was able to do the job. Both kickers are likely to be in camp this year, but the job will be Reed's to lose. The Steelers have no draft need at this position."/>

2003 Kicking Prospects

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<p align="center"><b>2003 Kicking Prospects</b> <p><br>The Steelers entered the season with a veteran in one Todd Peterson. They gambled that Peterson could tame the windy conditions at Hines Field, and they lost. When Peterson was injured during the season, the team was pleased to find that previously unemployed kicker Jeff Reed was able to do the job. Both kickers are likely to be in camp this year, but the job will be Reed's to lose. The Steelers have no draft need at this position.

#1
Seth Marler
5' 11"
178 lbs
Tulane – Senior

Marler performed kicking and punting duties while at Tulane, but will be a kicker prospect for the NFL. A very accurate kicker who shows a pretty strong leg, Marler has not had to endure weather conditions very often as Tulane plays in the Superdome.

Likely to be drafted: Fourth Round

#2
Damon Duval
6' 1"
187 lbs
Auburn - Senior

Possessing a very strong leg, Duval handles kickoffs, punts, and field goals for Auburn. While being a clutch kicker from the 40-49 yard range, he has accuracy issues on shorter distances. May be looked at as a punter and kickoff specialist in the NFL.

Likely to be drafted: Fifth Round

#3
Alex Walls
6' 0"
190 lbs
Tennessee – Senior

Walls has gotten better each season he kicks and shows a very good leg on field goals. Showing good mechanics and technique, Walls needs to improve his consistency and bring his big leg over into his kickoffs, which he has yet to do.

Likely to be drafted: Sixth Round

#4
Asen Asparuhov
6' 5"
215 lbs
Fresno State – Senior

A former soccer player from Bulgaria, Asparuhiov never attempted a field goal until the 2000 season. A raw prospect with a good leg, Asparuhiov was an integral part of Fresno State's improbable run in 2001.

Likely to be drafted: Sixth Round

#5
Todd Sievers
6' 3"
214 lbs
Miami – Senior

Sievers has developed into a very consistent place kicker, after having started his career as a kickoff specialist. Has 50-yard range on his field goals and is very reliable. An overshadowed prospect given his team, but well worth a look.

Likely to be drafted: Seventh Round

#6
Josh Brown
6' 1"
190 lbs
Nebraska – Senior

A streaky kicker, Brown has perhaps the strongest leg of any kicker coming out. With power enough to hit 50-plus yard field goals, Brown just needs to become more consistent.

Likely to be drafted: Seventh Round

Undrafted Free Agents

John Anderson
6' 3"
195 lbs
Washington - Senior

Anderson has shown a huge leg during his career and is easily capable of hitting 50-plus yard field goals. Has the leg needed to kickoff in the NFL. Needs to work on his consistency.

Peter Christofilakos
5' 9"
170 lbs
Illinois – Junior

Doesn't have a real good shot at being drafted but had already graduated from college, so he took a chance coming out early. Christofilakos doesn't have a huge leg, but is solid closer in.

Curtis Head
5' 11"
170 lbs
Marshall – Senior

Head has a very strong leg and can kick the 50-plus yard field goal. Handles kickoffs, field goals, and punts for the Thundering Herd. Has some accuracy issues and missed a couple extra point attempts this year.

Dan Nystrom
5' 11"
200 lbs
Minnesota – Senior

Nystrom is a very accurate kicker, and as such holds just about every kicking record for the Gophers. Does not have a huge leg and may have trouble handling kickoffs in the NFL. Could sneak into the late frames of the draft with good showings in the all-star games and at the combine.

Jonathan Ruffin
5' 10"
180 lbs
Cincinnati – Senior

A very accurate kicker, Ruffin does not show a lot of leg strength. Good mechanics, a quick approach, and consistency from 40 yards in, his lack of power could keep him from kicking off in the NFL.

More Player Links:

Seth Marler
Damon Duval
Alex Walls
Asen Asparuhov
Todd Sievers
John Anderson
Peter Christofilakos
Curtis Head
Dan Nystrom
Jonathan Ruffin

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