Matt Gay

Utah
K

Prospect Info

College
Utah
Hometown
Class
UT
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
232 lbs
30 1/2”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
Round 5 ‧ Pick 7
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Gay had a tough road to college football success. He worked at a restaurant after high school because he tore his ACL/MCL and damaged his meniscus during a practice. He tried to serve a two-year church mission but returned after six months due to depression. Gay played soccer at Utah Valley College in 2014 and 2016. He tried out for BYU as a kicker after that point, but the Cougars weren't interested. Utah coaches offered him a walk-on spot before 2017, which turned out to be a great move as Gay won the Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker. The consensus All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 selection hit all 40 extra point attempts and connected on a nation-leading 30 of 34 field goal attempts (88.2 percent, fifth-best in the FBS). Gay hit on five of six tries from 50-plus yards, including a long of 56. His 130 points ranked ninth in the country. He was named 2018 AP third-team All-American. Though his accuracy was down a bit in 2018, Gay still earned third-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 honors after making all 45 extra point tries, connecting on 26 of 31 field goal attempts (3-5 from 50-plus yards) and creating 58 touchbacks on 82 kickoffs. His 26 made field goals ranked third in the FBS.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7-Undrafted free agent
Overview
Surprising omission from the Senior Bowl, Gay is a big boy with an even bigger leg who has the ability to drive both the long field goal and the long kickoff. The former soccer player has an awkward, three-step approach to strike field goals which may require some work to make a roster on the next level.
Strengths
  • Big, booming leg on a wide frame
  • Has connected on 72 percent of his kicks from 50-plus yards while at Utah
  • Best FG percentage above expected in the nation at +5.6 percent
  • Made 62-yarder in Red and White spring game
  • Has made 35 of 36 career field goal attempts under 40 yards
  • Shows ability to alter his strike for additional control on short and intermediate kicks
  • Planted 71 percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks
Weaknesses
  • Unlikely to have coverage impact as safety on kickoffs
  • Had three misses in 2018 from between 40-49 yards
  • Three-step field goal approach is a little slow
  • Had three kicks blocked in 2018

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GRADE
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