Top 10 special-teams players in the 2024 NFL draft

Iowa's Tory Taylor (9) celebrates after a 15-6 win against Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium on Oct. 14, 2023, in Madison, Wisconsin. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images/TNS)

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Iowa's Tory Taylor (9) celebrates after a 15-6 win against Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium on Oct. 14, 2023, in Madison, Wisconsin. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images/TNS)

Here are the top 10 special-teams prospects (with height, weight and projected round) for the NFL draft, which is set for Thursday-Sunday in Detroit:


1. Joshua Karty, Jr., Stanford (6-foot-2, 208 pounds, fourth or fifth): Has range of up to 59 yards on his field goals and could function as a kickoff specialist if a team wants to keep kicking it out of the end zone under the new return rules for next season. Made 51 of 60 field-goal attempts over his four seasons with the Cardinal.

2. Will Reichard, Sr., Alabama (6-1, 191, fifth): Kicked in lot of high-leverage situations in the SEC. Made 84 of 100 field-goal attempts and 295 of 207 extra-point attempts over his career. Needs more consistent depth on his kickoffs.

3. Harrison Mevis, Sr., Missouri (6-0, 241, sixth or seventh): He holds the SEC record for longest field goal made, at 61 yards. He made 147 of 148 extra-point attempts and 86 of 103 field-goal attempts.

4. Jack Browning, Sr., San Diego State (5-11, 190, seventh or not drafted): He was named second-team All-Mountain West. He made 33 of 44 field-goal attempts over the past two seasons and averaged 45.5 per punt.

5. Cam Little, Jr., Arkansas (6-1, 173, seventh or not drafted): He made 129 of 129 of his extra-point attempts and 53 of 64 of his field-goal attempts. He made 64% of his from 50 yards or more including a 56-yarder.


1. Tory Taylor, Sr., Iowa (6-4, 226, third): The Melbourne, Australia native hit some booming punts for the Hawkeyes as he averaged 46.3 yards on 295 punts for 13,657 yards with 103 going for 50-plus yards.

2. Austin McNamara, Sr., Texas Tech (6-5, 204, fifth): Averaged at least 44 yards per punt over the past four seasons for the Red Raiders.

3. Matthew Hayball, Sr., Vanderbilt (6-0, 189, sixth): He was named second-team Associated Press All-American. He was Vanderbilt’s first All-American since 2016 and first All-American punter since 1996. He averaged 47.6 yards per punt.

4. Ryan Rehkow, Jr., Brigham Young (6-4, 243, seventh or not drafted): A four-year starter with major leg-strength. However, he might have to sacrifice some distance for more loft at the NFL level. He averaged 47.4 yards over 176 punts.

5. Porter Wilson, Sr., Duke (6-4, 231, seven or not drafted): He made a big jump from 43.1 yards per punt to 46.6 yards last season. He average 44.4 yards per punt over his career.

Georgia defensive lineman Nazir Stackhouse, right, interviews long snapper William Mote for a local television station during Georgia’s media day at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Sat., Jan. 7, 2023, in Los Angeles, Ca. Georgia plays TCU for the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship Mon. Jan. 9, 2023, at SoFi Stadium.  (Jason Getz /

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Best of rest: Kickers – Notre Dame’s Spencer Shrader, Northern Iowa’s Matthew Cook and New Mexico State’s Ethan Albertson. Punters -- Texas’ Ryan Sanborn and Texas A&M’s Nik Constantinou. Long snappers – Wisconsin’s Peter Bowden, Nebraska’s Marco Ortiz, Notre Dame’s Michael Vinson and N.C. State’s Joe Shimko.

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William Mote, LS, Georgia (6-2, 230, not drafted): He was the long snapper on every punt since the 2020 season and took over the field-goal snapping duties in 2022. He participated in the Senior Bowl.

Teams in need: Cowboys, Commanders, Browns, Broncos and Jaguars.

Need area for Falcons: No. The Falcons are set at punter and kicker, with Bradley Pinion and Younghoe Koo. They are expecting to get returner Avery Williams back from knee surgery.

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