Penn State Draft Breakdown: Sam Ficken

Get the lowdown on how things shape up for the former Nittany Lion as he looks to kickstart his pro career. We also have a video interview with him.

We wrap up our Penn State NFL Draft Breakdown series by looking at things from a special teams' perspective.

In other words, check out our take on former Nittany Lion kicker Sam Ficken's possible path to the pros. And hear from Ficken himself in our video interview, in which he reveals one of the unique ways he has worked on building leg strength since last season. We caught up with him after Pro Day.


K Sam Ficken

Height: 6-0.7

Weight: 192

Comments: His comeback story has undoubtedly gone over well with scouts. We're certain he has killed every interview. And his stats from last season -- particularly on clutch kicks -- speak for themselves. But when his college career ended, Ficken was still something of a work in progress. The low trajectory on some of his kicks led to too many blocks, so he had to work on getting more lift. And since he was never a great kickoff man, he turned to martial arts training to improve his power in that area. Will he make an NFL roster? Wager against him at your own peril.

Prediction: Kickers really have to have every box checked to be drafted. There are still some question marks about Ficken, so expect him to be a priority free agent for someone.


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