Sixth Round: Cowboys Select K Nick Folk

The Dallas Cowboys select kicker Nick Folk from the Arizona Wildcats with their first sixth round selection.

HOW IT HAPPENED: The Cowboys exchanged sixth round picks with Cleveland as part of a trade executed during the first day of the draft. The Browns sent their No. 178 pick to Dallas while Cleveland picked up one of the Cowboys' sixth round selections (No. 195) as part of a larger trade that gave the Browns a Dallas second round selection and gave Dallas a Cleveland third and fourth round selection.

NICK FOLK QUOTE: "There were a lot of teams that showed interest in me. It's a great opportunity for me in a great city. I thought I did well enough during my senior year to get drafted and I thought I did pretty good at the combine. I think my best days are ahead of me so I'm looking forward to see what I can do."


BIO: Handled the full-time kicking and punting duties last season, winning All-Conference honors. Connected on 75% of his field goals last year with a long of 52 yards. Averaged 44 yards on 74 punts, including a long of 78 yards.

POS: Strong-legged kicker with an inconsistent game. Drives punts down field, kicks moon shots that get great hang time, and gives coverage teams an opportunity to make plays downfield. Consistent field goal kicker inside 40 yards.

NEG: Struggles when rushed as a punter and does not quickly get the ball off his foot. Has difficulty with directional kicking and is not effective as a pooch punter. Kickoffs do not get great height.

FINAL: A double-duty kicker with enough leg strength to make it at the next level, Folk must improve his overall consistency to have a shot at making an active roster.

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