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Scouting the NFL Draft: Zane Gonzalez

Arizona State product Zane Gonzalez could be a solid pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Robbie Gould signed a one-year deal with the Giants, and concluded with 10 out of 10 field goals made, but missed three extra points.

Finishing his tenure in Tempe this season was Zane Gonzalez, who holds the record for the most field goals made (96). He completed 83 percent of his kicks, and for his achievements earned firs-team All-American and All-Pac-12 honors.

Gonzalez has a strong leg especially when it comes to kickoffs, as he blasted 75 percent into the back of the end zone. 

 

As a freshman, Gonzalez secured the school record for most points scored (138), with 25-30 field goals completed.

 

Now that we have distinguished the Arizona State product as a top of the line kicker, let's take a deeper look into his strengths and weaknesses.

Strengths:

 

If you ask any kicker in the NFL, he will tell you that it's a completely different ball game than in college. The pressure is on you always on a national scale, and you must be prepared to kick your team to victory or risk losing your confidence.

 

Robert Aguayo struggled mightily last season after having one of the most prolific college kicking careers in history.  

 

Gonzalez has the confidence to become a top-tier kicker, and with his lower body power and good accuracy can be as deadly as any kicker in the league. 

 

He has continued to add strength to his kicking leg, increasing his distance gradually. He hit 13-14 boots from 40-plus yards in 2016, including 7-9 from 50 and beyond.( http://www.nfl.com/draft/2017/profiles/zane-gonzalez?id=2558178

 

Gonzales has OCD, making him a perfectionist. So, you can count on him to work and work and work until he gets it perfect. 

 

Weaknesses:

 

Despite having good accuracy and great power, Gonzalez struggles at time with shorter kicks, often short-legging them. He doesn't trust his technique enough to hit on every kick, and sometimes loses his follow through on shorter attempts. 

 

He has also allowed three kick returns for touchdowns, meaning his placement has been off occasionally. He tends to line-drive balls instead of loft them giving his defenders time to track down the return man. 

 

NFL Comparison: Dustin Hopkins

 

Bottom Line:

 

Overall, Gonzalez is a stud, as he has enjoyed being a starter for four years and has improved gradually every season. With a few tune-ups in the big league, he should find his accuracy issues to be nothing more than a hiccup. 

 


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