Scouting the Kickers

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Rob Bironas, Tennessee: Look for a bounce-back season after posting career lows in field goals made and attempted.

Josh Brown, St. Louis: Sebastian Janikowski gets more ink, but Brown is 15-for-19 (78.9 pct.) from 50+ yards over the last three years compared to Janikowski's 13-for-22 (59.1 percent).

David Buehler, Dallas: Battling a hip strain. Look elsewhere.

Stephen Gostkowski, New England: Coming off a torn quad, but has looked OK in camp.

Garrett Hartley, New Orleans: Not thrilled that he was only 12-for-16 (75 percent) inside of 40 yards last year.

Alex Henery, Eagles: Don't overvalue just because he wears Midnight Green. You'll look like an idiot at your draft.

Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland: Set career highs with 33 field goals made and 41 attempts.

Matt Prater, Denver: Had a DUI in August, but the Broncos are sticking with him. He's safe to be picked.

Ryan Succop, Kansas City: Field goal percentage dropped from 86.2 to 76.9.

Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis: Has attempted one field goal of 50+ yards in the last two years.



On the way up: Nate Kaeding, San Diego

On the way down: David Akers, San Francisco

Riskiest pick: Alex Henery, Eagles

Sleeper: Rob Bironas, Tennessee

Late-round look: All of 'em

Please avoid: David Buehler, Dallas

Top rookie: Alex Henery, Eagles


THE TOP 20 (With Bye Week)

Player, Team, Bye

1. Josh Brown, St. Louis, 5

2. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland, 8

3. Stephen Gostkowski, New England, 7

4. Matt Bryant, Atlanta, 8

5. Nate Kaeding, San Diego, 6

6. Nick Folk, N.Y. Jets, 8

7. Garrett Hartley, New Orleans, 11

8. Rob Bironas, Tennessee, 6

9. Neil Rackers, Houston, 11

10. Robbie Gould, Chicago, 8

11. Matt Prater, Denver, 6

12. David Akers, San Francisco, 7

13. Mason Crosby, Green Bay, 8

14. Billy Cundiff, Baltimore, 5

15. David Buehler, Dallas, 5

16. Connor Barth, Tampa Bay, 8

17. Alex Henery, Eagles, 7

18. Dan Carpenter, Miami, 5

19. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis, 11

20. Ryan Succop, Kansas City, 6