Sharp has displayed ability as both a kicker and a punter. He’s earned All-American honors as both a kicker (2011, 2012) and punter (2010) from the Football Writers Association of America during his career, and was the first specialist to be selected first-team All-Big 12 at both positions. He was named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year in both 2011 and 2012 for his efforts.
Sharp has averaged over 46 yards a punt for three straight years (46.3 in 2012 and 2011, 46.2 in 2010) and converted 22 of 25 field goal attempts (88 percent) is his first year working on placements, followed by going 28 for 34 (82 percent) his senior season.
Sharp has logged 384 kickoffs in his four-year career, 220 of which have gone for touchbacks. In 2012, 70 percent of Sharp's kickoffs went for touchbacks.
Good leg strengths on kickoffs, capable of putting the ball through the end zone. Ball explodes off foot on placements, gets up quickly and appears to have 50-plus yard range if given the opportunity. Booms punts with 5.0 second-plus hangtime when trying to put the ball inside the 20. Adjusts to low and high snaps adeptly. Has a thicker build, had six solo tackles on returns in 2009.
Three-step approach on punts, only adequate delivery time (1.35-1.45 seconds). Inconsistent hangtime and distance on longer punts and kickoffs, gives returners a better chance at a long return. Distance on pooch punts is wild, goes from in the end zone to outside the 20. Unusual approach on some placements; stands with feet together, pounds left foot first and then takes two steps to the spot. Other times he’ll use a more typical three-step approach with a heavy first step.
Rare triple kicking threat in college who will flourish as a kickoff specialist in the NFL and could grow into a solid field goal kicker or punter with experience.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
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).
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.
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.
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.