The Eagles surprised us again, selecting a kicker/punter in the fourth round of today's NFL draft.
With the 120th pick overall, the Birds went with Nebraska's Alex Henery.
Henery made 18 of 19 attempts last year, and his only miss was blocked. Not counting that one, he was 2-for-2 from 50-plus, and 8-for-8 from 40 to 49 yards.
It seems fair to assume that David Akers' career as an Eagle is over. I don't think you pick a kicker in the fourth round unless the expectation is that he comes in and starts right away.
NFL Network's Mike Mayock got a text from a special-teams coach about Henery. Here's what it said:
Great field-goal stats, awesome from 40 to 49 yards, did not kickoff. He should be a kickoff guy though now that the new rule will help, and like Philly, he kicked in tough weather in college.
He also was Nebraska's punter the last two years. It seems unlikely that he'd assume both roles in the NFL, but we can't rule anything out until we hear from the Eagles coaches.
How many kickers have 15-minute tribute videos made of them? I know of one. It's embedded below.