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2016 NFL Draft Profile: Ka’imi Fairbairn, kicker, UCLA

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Fairbairn won the prestigious Lou Groza award as the top kicker in college football during the 2015 season. Should the Bengals consider him as a replacement for Mike Nugent?

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Ka’imi Fairbairn

Ht: 5’11"

Wt: 183 lbs

Class: Senior

NFL comparisons:

  • Blair Walsh (NFL)

College Stats:

FGM FGA FG% FGM 0 ~ 40 FGA 0 ~ 40 FG% 0 ~ 40 FGM 40+ FGA 40+ FG% 40+ XPM XPA XP%
2012 16 22 72.7% 14 16 87.5% 2 6 33.3% 56 59 94.9%
2013 14 21 66.7% 9 12 75.0% 5 9 55.6% 59 60 98.3%
2014 18 22 81.8% 14 15 93.3% 4 7 57.1% 47 48 97.9%
2015 20 24 83.3% 16 16 100.0% 4 8 50.0% 47 47 100.0%
CAREER 68 89 76.4% 53 59 89.8% 15 30 50.0% 209 214 97.7%


Important Notes:

Full name is Ka'iminoeauloameka'ikeokekumupa'a Fairbairn.

Scouting Report Consensus - What to like:

  • Has successfully hit his last 41 field goal attempts from under 35 yards
  • Top scorer in Pac-12 history with 413 points
  • Very good at kickoffs with a very high rate of touchbacks, and no kicks out of bounds
  • Strong leg, hitting two of three attempts from beyond 50 yards in 2015 including a 60 yarder
  • Improved his field goal accuracy over his last three seasons at UCLA

Scouting Report Consensus - What to not like:

  • Unproven in clutch situations
  • 3 of his 4 misses in 2015 were in the fourth quarter
  • Kickoff hangtime is only ‘average’ by NFL standards
  • Had missed every field goal attempt of 50+ yards before his senior year

Projected Round:

Round 6 - UDFA

Conclusion:

Fairbairn has become very consistent with field goals inside of 40 yards, and has a strong leg to hit longer field goals, and be force touchbacks on kickoffs. He has shown improvements every year and projects to be a day one starter in the NFL.

He is a poor-man’s Roberto Aguayo, in that he has become very accurate inside of 40 yards, but struggles at longer kicks once you get to 40 yards and more. His best fit would be on a team who wants a reliable kicker on everything inside of 40 yards, and is willing to take some misses beyond 40 yards, but doesn’t want to use the high draft pick that it would take to acquire Aguayo.