Butker, who became Tech’s all-time leading scorer in the final game of his career, became just the second kicker in school history to be drafted. He joins perhaps the most celebrated Tech kicker ever, Scott Sisson.
At Carolina, Butker will compete with Graham Gano, an eight-year NFL veteran from Florida State. Going into the last year of a four-year contract with the Panthers, Gano was 30-for-38 on field-goal tries, 78.9 percent. It was 22nd among kickers who had attempted 25 or more field goals. Gano, who had offseason surgery to repair a broken bone in his left (plant) foot, had been above 80 percent in each of his previous four seasons with the Panthers.