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?
Wt: 183 lbs
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- 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
Round 6 -7 of undrafted free agent
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.