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NFL Draft Profile: Ross Martin, K

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Martin is a very accurate kicker at all distances. Should the Bengals consider him as a replacement for Mike Nugent?

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Ross Martin isn't the most highly regarded kicker in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he is someone who could hear his name called during the draft, which isn't a given for even the best kickers. Martin is a three-time honorable mention All-America choice by Sports Illustrated (2012, 2014 and 2015), a four-time All-ACC selection and Martin represented Duke in the Reese’s Senior Bowl back in January. Could he be a kicker the Bengals look to take on during the final year of Mike Nugent's contract?

Ross Martin

Ht: 5’9"

Wt: 183 lbs

Class: Senior

College: Duke

College Stats:

FGM FGA FG% FGM 0 ~ 40 FGA 0 ~ 40 FG% 0 ~ 40 FGM 40+ FGA 40+ FG% 40+ XPM XPA XP%
2012 20 23 87.0% 13 15 86.7% 7 8 87.5% 46 47 97.9%
2013 13 19 68.4% 10 12 83.3% 3 7 42.9% 58 58 100.0%
2014 19 21 90.5% 14 14 100.0% 5 7 71.4% 50 50 100.0%
2015 26 30 86.7% 18 21 85.7% 8 9 88.9% 42 42 100.0%
CAREER 78 93 83.9% 55 62 88.7% 23 31 74.2% 196 197 99.5%


Important Notes:

  • Top rated kicking prospect in the 2012 high school recruiting class.

Scouting Report Consensus - What to like:

  • Very fundamentally and technically sound as a kicker
  • Second highest scorer in ACC history with 430 points
  • Missed only one extra point attempt in his career, going 196 for 197
  • Is 8 of 10 in his career over 50 yards • Showed well at the Senior Bowl, and hit from 60 yards
  • Ability to tackle on kickoffs, making 13 career tackles
  • Outside of his sophomore season, has made over 83% of his kicks from 40 yards or more

Scouting Report Consensus - What to not like:

  • Not very good on kickoffs, with only a small percentage of his kickoffs resulting in touchbacks, and even lost his kickoff duties during his junior season
  • Career long is only 53 yards

Projected Round:

Round 6 -7 of undrafted free agent

Conclusion:

Martin is a solid kicker who lacks a big leg. Unlike some of the top kickers in the 2016 draft, he is not elite inside of 40 yards, but does not suffer from a huge drop off on production beyond 40 yards. His limited leg strength reduces his ability to make 50+ yard field goals and makes him a liability on kickoffs, but he should be able to eventually find a home on an NFL team.