Photo of Austin Rehkow
Grade
5.2 ?
  • 6'3" Height
  • 31 7/8" Arm Length
  • 214LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands

Overview

Rehkow (pronounced ree-CO) is one of a handful of specialists in the country in recent years that have handled both kicking and punting duties for their teams. The only reason Rehkow wasn't a four-time first-team all-conference pick as a punter was because Idaho was an independent in his freshman year (led FBS with 47.8 yards per punt, 24 inside the 20 yard-line, 15 fair catches). He was a Ray Guy Award finalist and third-team Associated Press All-American in 2014 (second in FBS with 47.8 yards per punt, 17 inside the 20) and then had an excellent junior season, as well (45.7 per punt, 14 of 49 inside the 20). As a senior, Rehkow had his worst gross average (41.6) but placed 26 of 56 punts inside the 20 with only three touchbacks. He also excelled as a kicker, making 26 of 29 attempts to earn his second straight second-team All-Sun Belt honor. This was not a big surprise, since he made a 67-yard field goal (one off the national record) in high school. Rehkow kicked extra point for four years (127-130) and made 70 of 92 (76.1 percent) of his career field goal attempts. He was the team's kickoff specialist for four years, as well, putting 96 of 254 attempts for touchbacks.

Analysis

Strengths

Handles punting, kickoff and field goal duties at Idaho. Accuracy has continued to improve. Has hit 16 of 20 (80 percent) from 40-plus yards over the last two seasons. Has posted very good hang time numbers as a punter during his career. Saw fair catch percentage spike from 21.6 to 35.1 this year. Has excellent feel for touch punts. Landed impressive total of 49.1 percent inside the 20-yard line and 28.1 percent inside the 10-yard line.

Weaknesses

May not have enough leg to make it as NFL field goal kicker. Has made just one of five field goal attempts of 50-plus yards during his career. Lacks combined leg strength and hang time to handle full-time kickoff duties. Snap-to-punt time can get a little quicker.

Bottom Line

Rehkow's NFL future is as a punter, but his ability to handle the kicking duties if called on will surely add to his draft value and overall slotting. His hang time and accuracy numbers could be good enough to land Rehkow a spot in this year's draft.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.