Photo of Derek Dimke
Grade
47.7 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 178LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Dimke was a three-year starter with average size for a kicker and just average leg strength, but he has been accurate enough throughout his career that he will get a shot at the next level. He is not affected by pressure or weather, and he has been a consistent performer. It will be tough for a team to justify a draft pick on him, but look for Dimke to be competing in a camp this August.

Analysis

Strengths

Dimke is an accurate kicker who is also a kickoff option. He was only 10-for-12 on field goal attempts in his senior year, making one kick from 49 yards out. He isn't knocking down NFL doors as a guy who will make kicks from more than 50 yards, but he is reliable from shorter distances and has shown enough to deserve a shot.

Weaknesses

Dimke is not a strong kicker and didn't attempt any kicks of 50 yards or more in his senior year. A big miss in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against UCLA won't do anything to help his prospects, but leg strength isn't Dimke's calling card, so accuracy within 30-39 yards is key for him.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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