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Let's say a kicker comes up one day that can kick 60 yarders like they were 45 yarders, has tremendous accuracy and his kickoffs go through the endzone every single time. Let's say he even punts as well. Would you use a top 5 pick on him?
I think I would. If you knew that you would get points if you could just get to the 45 yard line and your opponent would never start further than the 20, it'd be hard to say no to.
The top 5 pick is obviously a money situation though. The kicker would be by far, by far, by far the highest paid kicker ever. But just three years ago, Woody signed a 6 year, $30 million contract with Detriot making him the highest paid interior lineman ever. Two guards signed $50 million contracts this offseason, Davis getting a $16 million bonus.
So I could see it.
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I don't know about Top 5. I'd take a kicker like that at #7 or #8 comfortably. Call me crazy, if you want.
This actually reminds me of a dream I had . . .
Phil Simms: "As Gostkowski gets ready to kickoff, you'll note that the Jets aren't even bothering to keep someone back to receive; they're just hoping Gostkowski will kick it through the end zone, rather than kicking it so a Patriot can down it inside the five."
"Momentum was quickly snatched away by New England, who once again proved that any Patriot, at any moment, can make a play." —Inside the NFL, Packers v. Patriots
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What team would need a kicker that bad and not have holes elsewhere to fill first? I guess I am assuming that the 5 worst teams are picking and they have bad records for a reason. I can't imagine a team picking in the top five with a long term solution at QB, a solid offense with returning starters, and tops in defense.
Maybe if a team was cheap and didn't want to pay a skill player top pick money and had a deal with a kicker's agent to sign for very little.
Even then, what team can't make a deal to move down to get their kicker or what kinda need would exist for teams to scramble to take a kicker in the top 5?
Now, if the kicker can play QB. Say you take a Kordell Stewart, give him better size, great speed and a great arm with accuracy.. then consider using him as a kicker because (maybe) he can punt and kick (40 yarders) with no prob. Maybe.
In hindsight, would someone take George Blanda in the top five? Lechler? Ray Guy?