Photo of Nate Freese
Drafted By: Lions
4.8 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 30 1/8" Arm Length
  • 192LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands


2013: First-team ESPN All-America selection and first-team All-ACC pick by the media. One of two FBS kickers to finish the season without a miss (more than 10 attempts). Was FBS Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 29. 2012: Connected on 18 of 20 field goal attempts and on all 24 extra point tries. 2011: Was on Lou Groza Award watch list. 2010: Freshman All-America pick. 2009: Redshirted.



Has a smooth stroke, good follow-through and good overall leg velocity. Four-year starter. Could serve as an emergency punter.


Tends to line the ball on kickoffs and can improve hang time. Does not consistently drive the ball for distance. Lacks power in his leg. Has suffered knee injuries to both legs.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

Lean, small-framed, quick-footed placekicker served as a jack-of-all-trades in college and possesses enough leg talent to compete for a job.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.