Top 10 kickers, punters in the 2020 NFL draft

Here are the top 5 prospects among kickers, punters, returners and long-snappers for the NFL draft (with their draft-round projections for the kickers and punters):


1. Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds (fifth/sixth round): Clutch kicker from Sprayberry High. Made four field goals in a game three times over his career, at Kentucky in 2016; vs. Missouri in 2017; vs. Missouri, 2019; vs. Texas A&M, 2019. His longest field goal was 55 yards against Oklahoma in 2019. He was chosen first-team All-American by USA Today, AFCA Coaches, Sports Illustrated, Walter Camp, Bleacher Report and Pro Football Focus. "He should be the first kicker off the board," draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote.

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2. Tyler Bass, Georgia Southern, 5-11, 185 (seventh round): He handled all the field goals, PATs and kickoffs over 13 games for the Eagles last season. He made a school-record 20 field goals on 28 attempts, made all 36 PATs and led the team with 96 points scored. He had 55 touchbacks on 72 kickoffs. He made a 47-yard field goal at No. 6 LSU in the season opener. Overall, Bass had 198 touchbacks on 268 kickoffs (73.9 percent). He has a career-long field goal of 50 yards and showed off a strong leg at the Senior Bowl.

3. Samuel Sloman, Miami (Ohio), 5-8, 198 (seventh round/free agent): Made 112 of 115 extra-point attempts (97.4%) and 49 of 62 field-goal attempts (79%).

4. JJ Molson, UCLA, 5-11, 182 (free agent): Also kicks off. He had 53 of 61 kickoffs (87%) go for touchbacks. Made 51 field goals over his career, which ranks sixth on the school's all-time list.

5. Cooper Rothe, Wyoming, 5-11, 178 (free agent): Played 52 games for the Cowboys. Made 165 of 169 extra-point attempts and 59 of 77 field-goal attempts (76.6%) over his career.


1. Braden Mann, Texas A&M, 5-11, 198 (fifth round): Averaged 48.9 yards per punt over his career. Also handled kickoffs.

2. Michael Turk, Arizona State, 6-1, 226 (seventh round/free agent): He is the nephew of former NFL punter Matt Turk, who played 19 seasons. Averaged 46 yards per punt.

3. Joseph Charlton, South Carolina, 6-5, 195 (seventh round/free agent): He averaged 45.5 yards per punt over 171 boots.

4. Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse, 5-10, 196 (free agent): He averaged 43.2 yards per punt.

5. Jake Hartbarger, Michigan State, 6-4, 195 (free agent): Cold-weather booter, who averaged 42.5 yards over 249 punts for the Spartans.

Returners: Virginia's Joe Reed, Kentucky's Lynn Bowden, Arizona State's Brandon Aiyuk, TCU's Jalen Reagor and Penn State's K.J. Hamler.

Long-snappers: LSU's Blake Ferguson, Ohio State's Liam McCullough, Iowa State's Steve Wirtel, Stanford's Richard McNitzky and Tulane's Geron Eatherly.

» Here's a look back at the top kickers and punters in the 2016 draft.

Teams in need. Falcons, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston and Dallas.

Need area for Falcons. Yes, the Falcons need a kicker to compete with Younghoe Koo and did not re-sign their primary kickoff and punt returner Kenjon Barner.

Top 5 seniors for 2021 draft. Kickers -- Kansas State's Blake Lynch, South Florida's Cody Weiss, Arizona State's Brandon Ruiz, Michigan State's Matt Coghlin and Michigan's Jacoby Moody. Punters --- Ohio State's Drue Chrisman, Kent State's Derek Adams, Penn State's Blake Gillikin, Virginia Tech's Oscar Bradburn and Kentucky's Max Duffy.


Quarterbacks: Joe Burrow leads classTop 10
Running backs: Cam Akers' life lessonTop 10
Tight ends:  Harrison Bryant top prospect Top 10 
Guards/Centers:  Solomon Kindley a late-rounderTop 10 
Offensive tackles:  Austin Jackson's life lesson | Top 10 
Wide receivers: Jeudy or Lamb  | Top 10
Defensive tackles: Brown, Kinlaw stand outTop 10
Defensive ends: A 'generational' talentTop 10
Linebackers: Simmons a position-less LBTop 10
Safeties: Loaded with Georgia talent | Top 10
Special Teams: Rodrigo Blankenship tops list | Top 10
Part 12: Cornerbacks


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