Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
Colts select...Dave Rayner
PK | (6'2", 210, 5.0) | MICHIGAN STATE
Overall: Raynor started to handle Michigan State's place kicking duties four games into his true freshman season in 2001. He connected on eight of his 14 field goal attempts and 36 of his 37 PATs that year. Rayner connected on 10 of his 16 field goal attempts and 34 of his 35 PATs in 2002. He connected on 22 of his 29 field goal attempts and 39 of his 40 PATs in 2003, and he connected on 22 of his 31 field goal attempts and all 39 of his PATs during his senior season in 2004.
Raynor has one of the stronger legs in the country but accuracy continues to be a problem. He has been below average in terms of his field goal percentage and he also has missed an extra point in three of his four collegiate seasons. Furthermore, he missed very "makeable" field goal attempts in both the East-West Shrine and Hula Bowl games. In our opinion, Raynor is worth taking a gamble on late in 2005 simply because he has the leg strength to develop as a field goal kicker and as a kickoff specialist. However, he's a long-term project that will need time and improved mechanics if he's going to make it in the NFL.
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