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Sam Swank (K)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 193
College: Wake Forest
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Jacksonville Beach, FL
High School: Fletcher
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Overview

Much was expected of Swank in 2008. He entered the year as arguably the nation's top long-distance kicking prospect, fresh off a junior campaign in which he was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award. A groin injury midway through the season robbed Swank of his power, limiting his effectiveness as a field goal kicker, kickoff specialist and punter. If he can prove he's over the groin injury, Swank's high trajectory and leg drive should make him one of the more highly regarded placekickers of the 2009 draft. Had an arm span of 31 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 inches at the combine.


High School

A four-year starter as a placekicker... Also handled punting and kickoff duties... A three-time all-conference selection... Earned all-state honors in 2000... Was 27-of-35 in field goals during his prep career... Converted field goals of 51 and 54 yards as a senior... Scored over 200 points... Helped team to an 11-2 record and a regional final appearance... Also a member of Fletcher's soccer team, which was ranked No. 1 in Florida... An excellent student with a 3.8 GPA who is graduating in the top 25 percent of his class... Named Fletcher's Student-Athlete of the Year... Coached by Joe Reynolds at Fletcher.


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Analysis

Positives: Legitimate NFL leg strength and has a history of making field goals from 50 yards and beyond, with a career long of 53. ... Quick to the ball as a field goal kicker and has a high ball trajectory. ... Has never had a field goal blocked. ... Experienced handling kickoff, placekicking and punting duties. ... At least adequate leg drive for kickoffs at the next level. ... Good height and hang-time. ... Good quickness from catch to kick as a punter. ... Good hang-time and directional punter. .. Can deaden the ball near the endzone.


Negatives: May lack the pure leg strength to continue punting at next level. ... Leg strength has not translated into consistently deep punts. ... Relies more on hang-time and directional punts than booming kicks. ... Has to prove he is over the groin injury which caused his career field goal accuracy to drop from 79% from 2005-2007 to 64.7% in 2008.


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