Photo of Tom Hornsey
Grade
5.09 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 221LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

The native of Australia played tennis and Australian Rules Football as a prep. Spent the 2009-10 year attending ProKick Australia learning the fundamentals of punting before coming to the United States. Booted 80 punts for a 42.7-yard average with a long of 63 and 24 inside the 20-yard line during his first taste of American football in '10. Led the nation and set the school record for number of punts in '11 after booming 95-42-L66-23. In '12, produced 60-43.4-L63-25 and had right knee surgery (torn meniscus) in May. Won the Ray Guy Award in '13 after recording 62-45.2-L79-29 and was the American Athletic Conference's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year. Was a threat during his career on fake punts, converting all four of his attempts with three rushes for 62 yards and completed a 61-yard pass. Is 25 years old.

Analysis

Strengths

Very good leg strength. Catches cleanly and approach is very consistent. Drives the ball for distance and is capable of flipping the field. Very good hang time. Handles pressure and the elements well. Works at his craft. Experienced, four-year starter. Serves as the holder on FGs and PATs.

Weaknesses

Very short arms and small hands. Could stand to hasten his delivery and generate better rise -- the ball does not explode off his foot. Accuracy and placement leave room for improvement. Overaged. Very limited tackler.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

A right-footed, two-step, strong-legged Aussie punter who is still learning how to apply his craft, Hornsey showed consistent improvement throughout his career and made his senior season his best. Has upside to earn a job.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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.

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