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.
GOSTKOWSKI'S CAREER KICKING STATISTICS Yr FGM FGA LG PATM PATA 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