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 Post subject: Draft Prospect PKs
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:29 am 
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Chicago Bears: 2019 NFL Draft prospects to replace Cody Parkey

https://dawindycity.com/2019/02/23/chic ... dy-parkey/

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Austin Seibert, Senior, Oklahoma

Over his four-year collegiate career, Seibert has connected on 25-of-27 field goals inside of 30 yards. He’s been nearly automatic from that range. The question marks start to come, however, when he gets outside of that yardage.

From 30-to-39 yards, Seibert was 28-of-34 in four seasons. Anything 40 yards and above? Seibert went 10-of-18. That’s not excellent by any means, but he very likely could end up being an undrafted free agent pickup for Chicago — at that point, he’s well-worth signing.


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Matt Gay, Senior, Utah

In two seasons with Utah, Gay is a perfect 85 out of 85 on extra points. Sure, go ahead and give me the part about how extra points are easier in college. That’s fine. But, repetition is repetition — and he’s nailed it from that distance.

How about anything inside 40 yards? Easy.

Gay went a combined 37-of-38 anywhere inside that yardage in two seasons with Utah. He was darn-near perfect there.

From 40 yards on out, he looked like a collegiate kicker — one of the best, though. Gay went 11-for-17 on field goals ranging from 40 to 49 yards — not too shabby.

This is what should get you excited, if you’re a Bears fan. On field goals over 50 yards, Gay connected on 8-of-11. That includes long tries of both 55 and 56 yards, made in separate seasons.

Out of all the kickers I highlight here, Gay has connected on the longest field goal. That kind of leg and accuracy is highly coveted in Chicago right about now.


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Cole Tracy, Senior, LSU

Tracy connected on all 42 of his extra point attempts in 2018. To make it even clearer how good he was up close, he didn’t miss a single kick inside of 30 yards either. Tracy was a perfect 13-of-13.

From 30 to 49 yards, Tracy went a solid 13-of-15. Then, when it came to the big ones, he went 3-for-5 on kicks over 50 yards, with a season-long of 54.

Tracy ended up setting an LSU record with 29 made field goals last year while also setting an NCAA all-division record with 97 over his career. The incredible part of Tracy’s journey is that it began at Division II school Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.


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 Post subject: Re: Draft Prospect PKs
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:38 am 
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I dunno about you guys but I've had it with overpaying vet PKs who come in and step on their dicks big time.

IMHO it's time to wipe the slate clean and save some cap with a new approach. We've started down that path signing Redford Jones and if it takes one of our two 7th round picks to assure getting a PK like Gay or Tracy I'm all for it.

Hell, I might even use our 5th to nail the best one as opposed to adding another PS project or at best a back end of the roster sub/ST guy who probably won't score a single point in 2019 vs a PK who will put up well over 100 points.

We've messed around with this long enough. Find a good rookie PK and along with whoever else we may find bring them through OTAs and camp and find one outta the bunch who can hit at least 85% of his kicks or more.


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 Post subject: Re: Draft Prospect PKs
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:08 am 
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Great write up on these 3 kickers..Thanks for sharing!

If one of these guys goes undrafted, I’d take a look. That said, I don’t want to use a pick on a kicker. Also, I believe that the Bears have a SB contender here, I’m not ready to hand the keys to the car over to a rookie kicker. Good kickers are out there, Pace has gotta find one and pay.


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 Post subject: Re: Draft Prospect PKs
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:35 am 
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cblaz11 wrote:
Great write up on these 3 kickers..Thanks for sharing!

If one of these guys goes undrafted, I’d take a look. That said, I don’t want to use a pick on a kicker. Also, I believe that the Bears have a SB contender here, I’m not ready to hand the keys to the car over to a rookie kicker. Good kickers are out there, Pace has gotta find one and pay.


Agreed with not using a draft pick.

I would prefer bringing in another couple guys like Jones, that have been honing their craft and specializing more over the past year over a fresh out of college kicker.


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 Post subject: Re: Draft Prospect PKs
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:43 am 
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I also am holding out a bit of hope that OAK wants to move on from Pineiro since Carlson looked good for them. Trade a 2020 7th or something minimal to get him rather than just losing him outright. Or maybe someone we don't have plans for just so they can get a depth or STer for him.

I'd still want to have an UDFA come in for competition too though.

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 Post subject: Re: Draft Prospect PKs
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:08 am 
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I'm just against drafting kickers for the reasons I've outlined multiple times.


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 Post subject: Re: Draft Prospect PKs
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:09 am 
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We have 2 7th's...
Not a big deal to grab a guy who will likely be a game deciding factor in several contests.

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 Post subject: Re: Draft Prospect PKs
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:22 pm 
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Wasnt Robbie signed as an undrafted free agent by New England? Kickers come from all over...hard to waste a draft choice on one unless you are sure. But how are you sure? lol

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 Post subject: Re: Draft Prospect PKs
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The vast majority are UDFA, drafting kickers is approximately a 90% failure rate for the team drafting them.


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 Post subject: Re: Draft Prospect PKs
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:07 pm 
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I've liked Cole Tracy for a while... good story, kid is accurate and has hit big picks.

Question is his leg strength but, really, I don't anticipate too many 50+ yard field goals IF it's 4th and short.

Gun to my head I think we use our lower 7th round pick on Gay or Tracy if we love one of them/are concerned someone else may draft them.

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