Photo of Caleb Sturgis
Drafted By: Dolphins
Grade
59.2 ?

Draft Analysis:

"Accurate, accurate, accurate. He got progressively better as the season went on." -- Charles Davis

  • 5'10" Height
  • 30" Arm Length
  • 188LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/4" Hands

Overview

Sometimes you don’t what you’ve got until it’s gone. The Gators found this to be true in 2010 when Sturgis missed the last nine games of the season with a back injury suffered in the preseason. They lost three straight games after he went down, including two home games by a total of seven points where punter Chas Henry missed three field goal attempts. Florida didn’t even try a field goal the entire month of November (though Henry redeemed himself with a 3-for-3 effort against Penn State in an Outback Bowl win).



Sturgis returned healthy for his junior year, however, and became one of the top kickers in the country. He was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award after connecting on 22 of 26 field goal attempts including a 55-yarder against Furman. It was the first season he connected on every extra point try (31-31, was 65-70 over his first three years) He also had made 22 field goals as a sophomore in 2008 (on 30 attempts), belting the longest kick of the season in the SEC when he sent a 56-yard attempt through the uprights against Georgia. Sturgis was a kickoff specialist as a true freshman, and has continued in that duty ever since. As a senior, Sturgis made 24 of 28 attempts. He also improved his touchback percentage on kickoffs from a dismal 17 percent in 2011 to 45 percent in 2012.

Analysis

Strengths

Flashes the ability to hit strong, high field goals in the 45-52 yard range and drive kicks through the uprights from 55-plus yards away. Has improved his field goal accuracy over time. Shows mental toughness in bouncing back from misses.

Weaknesses

Only adequate size for the position. Inconsistent in his trajectory on both shorter kicks and when driving the ball low to get a bit extra once past 50-plus yards. May need to speed up his approach on placements, his three-step delivery can be a bit slow. Kickoffs reaching the end zone are a bit lower than scouts prefer, and could be brought out by NFL returners.

NFL Comparison

Phil Dawson

Bottom Line

Now two years off a back injury that cost him most of the 2010 season, Sturgis has enough leg strength and accuracy to have earned All-American honors in two consecutive seasons.
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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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