Report: Patriots ‘in contact’ with one of the top kickers in the 2021 NFL Draft
A year after selecting kicker Justin Rohrwasser in the fifth round of the draft, could the Patriots look to add another young leg to their roster this April? That may be the case, given a report from Friday.
According to The Draft Network’s Justin Melo, the Patriots are one of 16 teams who have “been in contact” with Florida kicker Evan McPherson. McPherson is considered to be one of, if not the best kicking prospect in this year’s draft.
McPherson was a three-year starter at Florida, and announced back in January he’d forego his senior season to enter this year’s draft. In his three years at Florida he hit 85 percent of his field goals (51 of 60), the highest all-time career percentage by any SEC kicker with a minimum of 15 attempts. Last season, he set a new career long when he hit a 55 yarder against Ole Miss.
The Patriots starting kicker job for 2021 is currently blurry at best. Nick Folk, who was excellent last season, is set to enter free agency next week. The team also has two ‘project‘ kickers, Rohrwasser and Roberto Aguayo, on minimum one-year contracts.
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