Memphis kicker on Packers' radar

The Packers may have signed free agent Billy Cundiff to shore up their kicking game, but the team also is taking a good look at other kickers, including University of Memphis' Stephen Gostkowski, one of thirty collegiate players who will be making a pre-draft visit to Green Bay.

The Packers have scheduled a visit to meet with Gostkowski on April 18 in Green Bay, has learned. Though the Packers have signed Cundiff, expect them to sign a rookie or two soon after the NFL Draft at the end of April to push Cundiff, or take over the Packers' kicking game.

Green Bay is attempting to fill the void left by Ryan Longwell, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. Longwell, who made Green Bay's roster as an undrafted free agent in 1997, is the Packers' all-time scoring leader with 1,054 points.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Gostkowski has become Memphis' all-time leading field goal kicker but not before struggling during his first two seasons with the Tigers. He made just 28 of 43 field goal attempts (65.1 percent) in 2002 and '03. But in the last two seasons he connected on 42 of 49 field goal attempts (85.7 percent). Last year, the Madison, MS, native was 22 of 25 (88.0 percent) and made all 35 of his extra-point attempts for 101 points, second on the team in scoring to running back DeAngelo Williams. Gostkowski was 10 of 10 from 40 yards and beyond, including 3 of 3 from 50-plus yards (long of 53 yards) last season. He made a 50-yard attempt in the Tigers' 38-31 Motor City Bowl victory over Akron on Dec. 26.

Gostkowski is the NCAA's active career leader in PATs made and field goals made. He has connected on 136 of his last 137 PATs, including his last 48 consecutive attempts. He also handled all of Memphis' kickoffs in 2005 and had a touchback on 39 of his 68 kicks, with an average depth to the 3-yard line. The Tigers only allowed an average of 20.2 yards per kickoff return.

Gostkowski won two prizes, including the distance competition, at the eighth annual College Football All-Star Challenge on Feb. 4 as part of the Super Bowl XL festivities in Detroit.

Gostkowski performed in front of NFL scouts at Memphis' annual Pro Day on March 24. He also is scheduled to visit the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.

A pre-draft visit usually means a team is still seeking more information on a player. NFL teams can now host up to 30 out-of-town players on visits before the draft. A visit doesn't necessarily mean the team will select the player, but in Gostkowski's case, the Packers may be interested in signing him after the draft concludes on April 30.

2002	9	14	50	32	37
2003	19	29	45	44	44
2004	20	24	49	48	49
2005	22	25	53	35	35
Totals   70      92	53	159     165

		Career	'05		
less than 20 yards	5/5	0/0
20-29 yards	19/21	5/5
30-39 yards	23/33	7/10
40-49 yards	19/27	7/7
50-plus yards	4/6	3/3

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