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Pat McAfee (P)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 228
College: West Virginia
Conference: Big 12
Hometown: Plum, PA
High School: Plum
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Selected by: Indianapolis Colts
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 13 (222)
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Pick Analysis: McAfee was a talented punter at West Virginia who will help the Colts after they lost Hunter Smith in free agency. Smith ended up with the Washington Redskins, and his vacancy opens up a big opportunity for the former Mountaineers standout.
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Overview

Twice named second-team All-Big East punter, his per-punt average increased from 42.7 to 44.7 in 2008, good enough to make the top 10 in the FBS. West Virginia was among the top FBS teams in net punting; McAfee landed 25 punts inside the 20. The four-year kicker also earned second-team All-Big East honors at that position, as he made 17-of-20 field goal attempts including 6-of-7 from 40-plus yards. Trained to play soccer this fall, but quit the team to enhance his NFL draft status.


High School

First team all-conference for Coach Bill Rometo at Plum High ... 80% of his kickoffs went into the end zone ... 7-7 on field goals with a long of 48 ... Rated No. 1 kicker in nation by Scout.com ... 2003 national Punt, Pass and Kick champion ... Won One-on-One kicking competition in Miami with a 65-yarder ... Three-year first team all-WPIAL soccer ... Honor roll student.


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Analysis

Positives: Good, not great, leg strength. ... Can get 4.5-second hang-time on punts of 40 yards or longer to force fair catches. ... Capable of placing the ball inside the 10. ... Handles poor snaps. ... Strong last line of defense; has a stout build, can get the angle and is aggressive in tackling returners in the open field. ... Snaps his hips through the ball on placements, part of his soccer background. ... Holds a full follow-through after placements.


Negatives: Has a slow three-step delivery (1.4 seconds) when not using a rugby style. ... Doesn't get a spiral or turn over most punts. ... His longer punts are limited in hang-time (around 4.3 seconds). ... Limited directional-kicking ability. ... Must get placement kicks in the air more quickly to prevent blocks. ... Missed two field goal tries of reasonable distance in the 2007 loss to Pittsburgh at home which cost WVU a shot at the national championship. ... Was not accurate from 40-plus yards before 2008, making only 11-of-25 attempts over his first three seasons. ... Most of his kickoffs do not reach the end zone; must sacrifice hang-time to get it there.


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