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NFL Draft Profile: Brad Craddock, kicker, Maryland

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The Australian won the prestigious Lou Groza award as the top kicker in college football during the 2014 season. Should the Bengals consider him as a replacement for Mike Nugent?

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Brad Craddock

Ht: 6’0"

Wt: 186 lbs

Class: Senior

College Stats:

FGM FGA FG% FGM 0 ~ 40 FGA 0 ~ 40 FG% 0 ~ 40 FGM 40+ FGA 40+ FG% 40+ XPM XPA XP%
2012 10 16 62.5% 6 10 60.0% 4 6 66.7% 23 25 92.0%
2013 21 25 84.0% 16 17 94.1% 5 8 62.5% 37 38 97.4%
2014 18 19 94.7% 7 7 100.0% 11 12 91.7% 44 44 100.0%
2015 8 10 80.0% 6 7 85.7% 2 3 66.7% 22 23 95.7%
CAREER 57 70 81.4% 35 41 85.4% 22 29 75.9% 126 130 96.9%


Important Notes:

Native Australian who has only been playing American football for a few years.

Scouting Report Consensus - What to like:

  • Made an amazing 18 of 19 kicks in 2014 only missing on a 54 yard attempt.
  • Has made 30 of 32 kicks from 30~49 yards over the last three seasons.
  • Gets good distance on kickoffs • Gets good height on his kicks, resulting in zero career blocks.
  • Athletic enough to play kickoff coverage, has made multiple touchdown saving tackles.
  • Made an impressive 13 of 15 kicks from 40+ yards over the last two seasons.

Scouting Report Consensus - What to not like:

  • Needs more height on kickoffs, as a lot of his kicks get returned.
  • Missed the end of the 2015 season after injuring his right hand trying to make a diving tackle on kickoff coverage.

Projected Round:

Round 7 - UDFA

Conclusion:

After a shaky transition to American football in his freshman season, Craddock has been very consistent, connecting on almost everything, including almost 80% of his kicks beyond 40 yards and 94% of his kicks inside of that. Over the last three years, Coppack has been the most accurate long-distance kicker in the draft, and second only to Aguayo for accuracy inside of 40 yards.

The only knock on his game is kickoffs, which can be worked on, as he is relatively new to football. Coppack is one of the best kickers in the draft and figures to only get better with experience. He would be a great fit for the Bengals not only because of his accuracy and ability to consistently make long field goals, but he is a team player with a willingness to be more than a spectator on kickoff coverage.