Yes, last season many teams had kicker problems, even the once great shankerjact found himself without a job. This draft has someone who can seriously kick - Colorado Buffalo's Mason Crosby. I attend CU and used to live in family housing right next to the practice field for the Buffs. One afternoon I was outdoors with my children and I kept hearing loud thud after thud. I looked up over the fence of the practice field and saw the pig skin flying and assumed from the height and distance that the punter was practicing. As I peaked through the fence I saw it was Mason Crosby kicking from the thirty five yard line with only a three step approach - and he was making some of them (I watched 5, he made 2). That's 75 yards. Here are some of his stats from CU:
He is 66 of 88 which appears to be only a pedestrian 75%, but CU's struggling offence had him kicking 49 of those 88 from beyond 40 yards.
In 2006 he was 19 of 28, but inside 50 he was 17 of 19.
Clutch: In 2005 he was 10-10 in the final 8 1/2 minutes from any distance.
Kick-offs: 138 touch backs on 195 attempts, 88 OVER the end zone. He even kicked a touch back from the 20 yard line (87 yard kick).
Think about it Race-baiters, you need some talent there.