Folk Story

The Cowboys made a move last year that many thought they never would: paying big bucks for a kicker with the signing of Mike Vanderjagt – a plan that crashed with a resounding thud. Now the Cowboys have readdressed the need by drafting Arizona kicker Nick Folk.

K Nick Folk Profile

At just over 6'1" and 225 pounds, Folk is one of the bigger kickers around, but he's also a terrific overall athlete. He had good (but not great) accuracy on placekicks and has great height and distance on kickoffs.

An honorable mention all-Pac-10 honoree, Folk took over as the Wildcats' punter after Danny Baugher got hurt and averaged a strong 44.7 yards per punt.

The strength of his game is the power in his leg. He has a 61-yard punt to his credit and drilled a 63-yard field goal in Arizona's spring game last year. But he also showed his athleticism during his senior, fumbling a snap and tapping it – soccer style – past oncoming defenders before chasing it down to kick it out of bounds. It wasn't a legal play, but showed the poise and quick thinking he has.

Wild card effect of this pick: Mat McBriar was signed to the most lucrative contract ever given to a punter, a deal that stretches over five years.

If he struggles, and Folk pans out, it's conceivable the Cowboys could save salary-cap space at some point in the future by turning both jobs over to Folk.

Of course, he's got to earn the kicker's job first, and that means beating out current starter Martin Gramatica, who was signed last year to replace struggling veteran Mike Vanderjagt.

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