Last year, only two punters were drafted, San Diego State’s Matt Araiza in the sixth round (180th overall) by the Bills and N.C. State’s Trenton Gill in the seventh round (255th) by the Bears.
Araiza was released after allegations of a gang rape surfaced, and Gill went on to play in all 17 games for the Bears.
In 2021, Florida kicker Evan McPherson was selected in the fifth round (149th overall) by the Bengals and helped them reach the Super Bowl. Also, Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin III was drafted in the seventh round (254th) by the Steelers.
In 2020, three kickers – including Georgia Southern’s Tyler Bass and Miami of Ohio’s Sam Sloman (Pace Academy) – and two punters were drafted.
Moody kicked for the Wolverines for five seasons and played in 41 games. He made all 148 point-after attempts (100%) and 69 of 84 (82.7%) of his field-goal attempts. He finished with 355 points and with three tackles showed that he can mix it up.
Moody, who was invited to the NFL scouting combine, made four field goals in the East-West Shrine Bowl game in Las Vegas, including two 51-yarders.
“That was probably as good as it gets,” Moody said of his Shrine Bowl performance. “I was kind of freaking out at first because we weren’t going to do PATs in the game. And I figured it was going to be five touchdowns, I wouldn’t get any field goals, I wouldn’t see the field.”
The game turned in a defensive-dominated affair.
“Thankfully, I got a lot of opportunities to kind of showcase what I could do in my last college game,” Moody said. “If you want to call it that. I was just very happy it worked out the way it did.”
Moody worked with the Patriots coaching staff at the all-star game. The Falcons were coaching the East team.
“They kind of treated us as if we were there guys already, which I really appreciated,” Moody said. “They gave us lots of attention and lots of good coaching during the week. It’d be pretty good to work with them again.”
Moody doesn’t try too much to change his mental approach to kicking.
“I realize we’re not going to make every single kick,” Moody said. “That’s how it is, how it goes. I think when you start trying to change too much is when you can find yourself in some trouble. I just revert back to my old ways and go back to what I’ve been doing because 90% of the time it’s been successful.”
If Moody makes it to the NFL, he doesn’t plan to leave anytime soon.
“My goals right now obviously are just to get on a team and be able to compete for a job,” Moody said. “Long-term goals, I’d like to play in the league for 20 years if I can. Kickers have longevity, more so than other positions. That’s my goal, to potentially play in the NFL for 20 years.”
Auburn’s Anders Carlson, N.C. State’s Chris Dunn, Maryland’s Chris Ryland, Clemson’s B.T. Potter and Georgia’s Jack Podlesny participated in the combine. Five punters and one long snapper were invited.
Carlson is the younger brother of Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson.
“It went well,” Carlson said after his Pro Day on March 21. “Kickoffs and field goals both went well. I was hitting the ball the way I wanted to. I had a great day. Next level, I’ve got some workouts to do as well. I’m staying focused on those as well. We’ll see what happens.”
Carlson finished his career with 410 points and 79 field goals.
Michigan State’s Bryce Barringer is considered the top punter in the draft.
AJC’S 2023 POSITION-BY-POSITION DRAFT SERIES
WIDE RECEIVERS – Past few drafts have spoiled NFL teams looking for wide receivers | Top 10 WRs
RUNNING BACKS – Running backs Bijan Robinson, Jahmyr Gibbs may have to wait to hear their names called | Top 10 RBs
TIGHT ENDS – Notre Dame’s Michael Mayer heads a dee TE class | Top 10 TEs
QUARTERBACKS – Bryce Young’s small stature no longer an issue in the NFL | Top 10 QBs
OFFENSIVE LINE – Skoronski’s short arm length being scrutinized for left tackle | Top 5 C,G, &OTs
DEFENSIVE LINE – Is Jalen Carter the real deal or a potential bust? | Top 5 DTs, DEs
LINEBACKERS – Dutchtown’s Will Anderson expected to go in the top 5 of NFL draft | Top LBs
CORNERBACKS – Former Georgia standout Kelee Ringo one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL draft | Top CBs
SAFETIES – Alabama’s Brian Branch, Jordan Battle are top safeties in the NFL draft | Top FS/SS
SPECIAL TEAMS – Saturday
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