Photo of Dylan Breeding
Grade
51.4 ?
  • 4.74 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 110.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 213LBS. Weight
  • 8 7/8" Hands

Overview

Breeding was an all-state punter for the well-known Hoover, Alabama program, and earning playing time in 12 games as a true freshman in 2009, averaging 38.7 yards a kick with 14 kicks finishing inside the 20-yard line against just two touchbacks. Breeding stepped up his gross average (42.5) in 2010, while 18 of his 52 punts finished inside the 20 (with six touchbacks). He received a scholarship before the 2011 season, and didn’t let up; SEC coaches and media voted him second-team all-conference after he ranked seventh in the FBS in gross average (45.3) and only had three touchbacks in 53 boots (16 inside the 20). Breeding also forced 48 fair catches over his first three years, showing off good hang time. Breeding was once again named second-team all-conference after his senior year, where he averaged 45.58 yards per punt, which was sixth best in the NCAA.

Analysis

Strengths

Solid NFL-caliber leg, capable of 60-yard boomers that turn over. Quick approach, two or 2.5-steps, usually under 1.2 seconds. Changes delivery speed based on pressure, can get the ball off quickly if needed or slow down a bit for maximum length when he senses a return on. Adjusts to poor snaps quickly, can go up or down to grab them and still get the kick away. Pooch punts are consistently 4.6-4.7 seconds, forcing fair catches and making it easy for coverage to get underneath.

Weaknesses

Average height and athleticism for the position. Hangtime on distance kicks is usually adequate, but NFL returners might return more of his 50-yard kicks that have 3.8-3.9 seconds of air. Landings on punts near the goal line are hard, some bounce straight up and others skip along the ground.

NFL Comparison

Sam Koch

Bottom Line

Breeding earned second-team All-SEC accolades in 2011 and 2012 by averaging 45.3 yards a punt in 2011, and 45.58 in 2012. His leg strength and ability to force fair catches should make him highly sought-after free-agent specialist.
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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.
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