Draft Prospects: Specialists


The Raiders.com Draft Prospects series is back for 2015. You can find information on each prospect invited to the NFL's Annual Scouting Combine by position. We continue with a look at the SPECIALISTS invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. *Photos courtesy of the respective player's university or college.


**Kyle Brindza | 6-1 | 236 | Notre Dame



Brindza made 117 of 119 extra points and 57 of 81 field goal attempts, totaling 288 points over four years. In 2014, he made 51 of 52 extra points and 14 of 24 field goal attempts.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Punted, kicked field goals and handled kickoffs for Notre Dame. Has requisite power in his leg by NFL standards. Averaged 63.4 yards per kickoff with a 64.2 percent touchback mark.

Sam Ficken | 6-1 | 191 | Penn St



Ficken made 109 of 112 extra points and 54 of 75 field goal attempts for 271 points over four seasons. In 2014, he made all 28 extra points and was good on 24 of 29 field goals.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Careful to maintain his lane responsibility on kick coverage and ready and willing to make the tackle if necessary. Has longest field goal in Penn State history with a 54-yarder in 2013.

Josh Lambo | 6-0 | 216 | Texas A&M



In three seaons, he was good on 21 of 25 field goals and 86 of 87 extra points. In 2014, he kicked 13 of 15 field goals through the uprights and was a perfect 59-of-59 on extra points.

Justin Manton | 6-3 | 196 | Louisiana-Monroe



In 2014, Manton was good on 20-of-24 field goals and 23-of-23 extra points for a total of 83 points. He also punted 76 times for 3,222 yards (42.4 avg). He kicked off 54 times for 3,233 yards (59.9 avg).

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Versatile and can handle any kicking needs on any given day. Kicks with accuracy and strikes the ball with consistency on field goals. Lands above the magic 50 percent touchback mark to be considered NFL kicker with 53.7 percent. Showed ability to handle poor snaps as punter.

Jared Roberts | 6-1 | 210 | Colorado St



In three seasons at CSU, Roberts made 144 of 147 extra points and 42 of 54 field goals for 270 points. In 2014, he made 57 of 58 extra points and 12 of 20 field goals.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Made three of four field goal attempts from 50-plus yards this season. Saw a dramatic increase in his kickoff distance and hang time from 2013 to 2014. Consistently placed kicks where he was aiming -- left hash. Hits ball low and gets elevation quickly. No kicks blocked over last two years. Hit 46-yard game winner as time expired against Utah State.


Wil Baumann | 6-6 | 187 | North Carolina St



Baumann totaled 266 punts for 10,868 yards (40.9 avg). In 2014, he punted 60 times for 2,724 yards (45.4 avg).

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Quality leg strength. Finished with 45.5 yard average with a 4.1 hang time per kick. Has fast snap-to-punt time of 2.0 seconds. Led the ACC with 20 percent of his punts inside the 10-yard line.

Kyle Christy | 6-2 | 202 | Florida



Christy punted 181 times for 7,914 yards (43.7 avg). In 2014, he totaled 64 punts for 2,832 yards for 44.3 average.

Will Johnson | 6-2 | 206 | Texas St



In three seasons, Johnson punted 128 times for 5,550 yards (43.4 avg), was good on 88 of 90 extra points and made 23 of 37 field goal attempts. In 2014, he punted 65 times for 2,844 yards (43.8), made 32 of 33 extra points and made 11 of 15 field goals.

Kyle Loomis | 6-2 | 221 | Portland St



In 2014, he punted 75 times for 3,450 yards with a long of 65. Of those punts, 32 were inside the 20-yard line.

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Booming averaging 46.5 and 46 yards per punt over last two years. Has consistent hang-time numbers allowing his kick cover team to swarm returners. Plus directional punting with ability to deaden punts and kick to the coffin corner.

Trevor Pardula | 6-4 | 227 | Kansas



In two seasons, Pardula punted 167 times for 7,341 yards (44.0). In 2014, he totaled 83 punts for 3,673 yards (44.3).

Bradley Pinion | 6-5 | 229 | Clemson



In three seasons at Clemson, Pinion totaled 140 punts for 5,754 yards (41.1). In 2014, he punted 75 times for 3,194 yards (42.6).

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Has NFL-desired ratio of punting distance to hang time with a 42.6-yard average and a 4.1-second hang time. Forced opponents to fair catch his punts 44 percent of the time. Only 2.6 percent of his punts went for touchbacks (75 total punts in 2014).

Spencer Roth | 6-4 | 227 | Baylor



Roth punted 163 times for 7,122 yards (43.7 avg) over 4 seasons. In 2014, he had 46 punts for 1,992 yards (43.3 avg).

NFL.com's Strengths Analysis: Planted 40.4 percent of his punts inside the 20 yard line. Punted to his coverage and punt cover team swarmed almost all return attempts. Had just two touchbacks in 47 punts.


Joe Cardona | 6-2 | 242 | U.S. Naval Academy



Started as long snapper for all four years at Navy. Played in all 13 games in 2014 and also recorded one tackle.

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