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Top 10 Kickers & Punters in the 2022 NFL Draft: Cade York is as clutch as they come

With just six months until the 2022 NFL Draft, LSU's Cade York and Oklahoma's Michael Turk headline the top kickers and punters in the class.

Love them or hate them, you can’t deny that kickers and punters are an integral part of the game. Having a reliable, clutch kicker can be the difference between winning and losing. Field position is such a vital part of the game that having a perfect punter is pivotal. Who is included in the next wave of top kickers and punters to enter through the 2022 NFL Draft?

Top 10 Kickers and Punters in the 2022 NFL Draft

For this exercise, we’ll break down the top five kickers in the 2022 NFL Draft. We’ll also break down the top five punters in the 2022 NFL Draft rather than combining them into one top 10 rankings.

Top 5 Kickers in the 2022 NFL Draft

Who are the top five kickers in the 2022 NFL Draft?

5) Chandler Staton, Appalachian State

After redshirting in 2016, Chandler Staton emerged as Appalachian State’s starting kicker late in 2017. During the final five games of that season, he made all of his field-goal attempts before embarking on a college career that has seen him tie the program record for field goals. He will surely break the record in the Week 9 game against Louisiana-Monroe.

Although he had two rough seasons in 2019 and 2020, Staton is putting together a super senior season that should solidify him as one of the top kickers in the 2022 NFL Draft class. Staton has hit all 11 field-goal attempts and 24 extra-point attempts at the time of writing.

The one concern from a draft perspective is that he hasn’t made an attempt from 50+ yards since the 2017 season.

4) Will Reichard, Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide saw 10 players selected in the NFL’s annual selection event in Cleveland. Although their 2022 class may not be as successful, they’re already set to have one of the top kickers in the 2022 NFL Draft.

With such a potent offense last season, there weren’t too many occasions when Alabama required the field-goal unit. Yet, when it was, Will Reichard was as reliable as they come.

Although he has missed two field-goal attempts this season, Reichard is still one of the most reliable kickers in the class. He has a career field-goal completion percentage of 84.8% and has missed just one extra point in 153 attempts.

It is unusual to see a true junior kicker declare for the draft, so we might be a year early on Reichard. However, his skill set and eligibility mean he should still be considered one of the top kickers in the 2022 NFL Draft class.

3) Nick Sciba, Wake Forest

Wake Forest’s Nick Sciba came into the 2021 season with a laundry list of accolades behind him. While some crumble under pressure, the Demon Deacons’ kicker has flourished under the national spotlight as Wake Forest has emerged as one of the best teams in the nation.

He started the season with the third-longest successful field-goal streak behind Reichard and BYU kicker Jake Oldroyd. With another 12 consecutive attempts without a miss, Sciba now holds that title alone. He’s one of just two kickers who have attempted over 10 field goals and hasn’t missed either a field goal or PAT this season.

His 90.8% career field-goal percentage is greater than any of the top kickers in the 2022 NFL Draft. However, Sciba has still yet to hit a 50+ yard field goal in his career. A 49-yarder in 2018 remains his longest success to date.

2) Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma

Having made all of his field-goal attempts in 2019, last season was something of a down year for Gabe Brkic. The Oklahoma kicker hit just 76.9% of his field goals in 2020, and this season he has already missed 3 of 19 attempts.

However, it’s worth looking behind the statistics to discover what Brkic brings to the table as one of the top kickers in the 2022 NFL Draft. In 2020, 6 of his field-goal attempts were from 50+ yards, and he hit 4 of them. This season, Brkic has already nailed a career-long 56-yard attempt. Oh wait, he’s struck from that distance TWICE.

The ability to boom a field goal from downtown to win a game will help separate Brkic as one of the top kickers in the 2022 NFL Draft. Furthermore, he has never missed an extra point.

1) Cade York, LSU

How do you replace a cult hero like Cole Tracy? With a cult hero like Cade York, of course. LSU has had a remarkable run of kickers who have been able to step up and deliver when needed most. Although he had a shaky start to his Tigers tenure, York demonstrated last season that he could be one of the top kickers in the 2022 NFL Draft.

When evaluating kickers, completion percentage is important. But you also want to know if a kicker can come up clutch when needed. York was one of just three college kickers that hit a 50+ yard field goal in the final two minutes of a game last season. Is that clutch enough?

York also holds the program’s field goal distance record. The junior kicker smashed a 57-yard field goal through the fog to give LSU a 37-34 win over Florida. This season, he’s completed 90% of his field-goal attempts, including a 56-yarder. York’s also yet to miss a PAT this year.

Reliable, accurate, clutch, with the leg to boom it from nearly 60 yards, York is the top kicker in the 2022 NFL Draft class.

Top 5 Punters in the 2022 NFL Draft

Who are the top five punters in the 2022 NFL Draft?

5) Jordan Stout, Penn State

When versatility is one of the most valuable commodities in an NFL Draft prospect, Penn State’s Jordan Stout may be the most valuable player on this list of the top kickers and punters in the 2022 NFL Draft.

In addition to his punting prowess, Stout has also been used as a kicker for the Nittany Lions. While his 58.82% field-goal success wouldn’t see him challenge the top kickers in college football, he does hold the program record with a 57-yard field goal against Pittsburgh in 2019.

As a punter, Stout currently sits seventh in the nation in punt average this season. He’s averaged 48.68 yards per punt, taking his career average to 45.2. Demonstrating his powerful leg, the Penn State punter has a long punt of 76 yards this season. Meanwhile, he’s downed 41.6% of his punts inside the 20-yard line.

4) Ryan Stonehouse, Colorado State

Colorado State’s Ryan Stonehouse has been the model of punting consistency. Before this season, he became the first punter to be named first-team All-Mountain West in three consecutive seasons. It would be foolish to bet against the Rams’ punter taking the award for the fourth time.

Stonehouse is the third-ranked punter in the nation in average yards this season. He’s averaged 49.62 yards per punt through Week 8 of the college football season. His performance this season is no fluke, however. The Colorado State punter is averaging 47.3 yards per game throughout his outstanding college career.

Only one player on our list of the top punters in the 2022 NFL Draft has driven a punt further than Stonehouse this season. He belted an astonishing 81-yard punt against Vanderbilt. Placement is as important as power, and Stonehouse has downed 50% of his punts inside the 20-yard line this season.

3) Jake Camarda, Georgia

Georgia’s Jake Camarda began the season as our top-ranked punter in the 2022 NFL Draft. The former three-star recruit has been the model of consistency since securing the starting job as a freshman. With a 63-yard punt against Kentucky, he ensured that he had boomed a punt over 60 yards in each of his four seasons.

His punting average has been impressively consistent, too. Camarda currently ranks 29th in the nation with a per punt average of 45.64 yards. The Georgia punter averages 45.5 yards per punt for his career, displaying incredible consistency.

However, he has dropped 45.45% of his punts inside the 20-yard line this season. That is a drop-off from the 50% he achieved last season. The Georgia punter has not elevated his performances in the same way that some of the other punters on this list have.

2) Adam Korsak, Rutgers

Considered one of the top punters in the 2022 NFL Draft before the season, Rutgers punter Adam Korsak has elevated his draft stock with a series of incredible performances this season. Through Week 8, Korsak has been named the Ray Guy Punter of the Week on three separate occasions. He’s in the driver’s seat to take home the annual award at the end of the year.

So, what has Korsak done to impress the Ray Guy Award panel — and myself?

The Rutgers punter sits 12th in the nation for punting average with an impressive 47.56 yards per punt. Before the season, he was averaging a little over 43 yards per punt. That’s not to say he hasn’t got the leg to drive it down the field. In his freshman season with the Scarlet Knights, Korsak hit a career-long 79-yard punt.

Furthermore, Korsak has downed 55.5% of his punts inside the 20-yard line. The impressive feat includes three consecutive weeks where the Rutgers punter downed the ball at the 1-yard line.

1) Michael Turk, Oklahoma

What an incredible journey to the 2022 NFL Draft that Michael Turk has had. He declared for the draft after a spectacular 2019 season where he boomed a 75-yard punt, averaged 46 yards per attempt, and downed over half his attempts inside the 20-yard line. Turk turned heads after an impressive performance on the bench press. Ultimately, he went undrafted following disappointing punting drills.

Turk fought to return to school, citing the global situation as impacting the opportunity to be selected to the NFL. He won his case and played for the Sun Devils in the shortened 2020 season. Yet, Just before the start of this season, he entered the transfer portal.

As one of the top punters in the 2022 NFL Draft class, it wasn’t long until Turk found a new home. While Oklahoma has had their offensive troubles, it has allowed their punter to elevate his stock. Turk ranks fourth in the nation for average punt distance (49.13 yards) and has boomed an 85-yard punt this season. Moreover, his career average of 46.9 yards per punt is one of the highest in this class.

Oliver Hodgkinson is an NFL Draft and College Football Analyst for Pro Football Network. Check out the rest of his work here, and you can find him on Twitter @ojhodgkinson.

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