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Clayton Hatfield and the NFL Draft: will something happen?

Kickers aren’t selected so often, so we can’t expect so much

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In 2018 only two kickers were selected in the NFL Draft. In 2017 they were three and in 2016 only one (Roberto Aguayo, Tampa Bay, second round).

So, is there some probability Texas Tech’s former kicker, Clayton Hatfield, will be drafted? Probably not.

But I am firmly convinced he can break into some teams during the summer and, with some fortune, make the 53-man roster somewhere. His college numbers don’t lie and I’d like to recall them.

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First of all, I’d like to forget 2017, year in which he suffered many injuries, he was probably forced to kick without the necessary health, and consequently, his numbers dropped and didn’t represent his value at all.

In 2015, his freshman year, Clayton kicked with a percentage of 87.5 and missed only one out of 54 extra points. He even improved in 2016, in which he scored something like 106 points kicking with 92.9 % of accuracy.

Once again healthy, in 2018, he demonstrated to be once again one of the best kickers in the Big 12, flirting one more time with the 90% of accuracy and nailing every single extra point kick he had. And he had 55.

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I’d be surprised if Clayton won’t be part of a team in the summer, where the rosters open up to 90 men. And then, who knows? He can fight for an opening day spot on some roster, also considering that some current NFL kickers aren’t at his level at all.