School: Florida State
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his junior season and named to numerous All-America teams as a senior. Completed 83.3% of his field goals last season with a career-long of 56 yards. Junior numbers included an 81.5% completion rate with a long of 53 yards. Averaged 65.1 yards on 384 kickoffs during his Florida State career.
Positive: Consistent kicker with next-level leg strength. Gets immediate lift on kicks and easily puts the ball through the uprights from long-distance. Gets hang time on kickoffs, giving coverage teams the opportunity to get down the field and make plays. Has the ability to consistently put his kickoffs into the end zone.
Negative: Seemingly slow getting his field goals away. Rarely put into game-winning situations at Florida State.
Analysis: Hopkins was a consistent performer and possesses the leg strength and ability to develop into a starting field-goal kicker/kickoff man in the NFL.
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior. Averaged 43.3 yards on 77 punts last season with a long of 61 yards. Had 22 punts of 50 yards or longer in 2012. Junior totals included an average of 44.3 yards on 64 punts. Career best punt of 81 yards came as a sophomore. Never had a punt blocked in college. Also handled kickoff duties at UCLA registering a four year average of 66 yards on 264 kickoffs.
Positive: Strong legged athlete who can handle the punting and kickoff duties at the next level. Kicks moon shots, consistently gets tremendous hang time on punts and always gives coverage teams the ability to get downfield and make plays. Possesses a smooth stroke and has the ball explode off his foot. Easily flips the field if necessary, effectively places punts inside the 5-yard line and shows ability as a directional punter. Punches the ball through the opposing end zone on kickoffs.
Negative: Line drives kickoffs and does not get great hang time. Takes a while getting the ball off his foot on punts.
Analysis: Locke was a consistent punter for UCLA and offers the leg strength necessary to start in the NFL. He possesses a great deal of versatility in his game and needs only to quicken his touch-to-toe time and improve the hang time of his kickoffs to see the field at the next level.
Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-America and all-Conference honors the past two seasons. Named 2012 SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Year. Completed 85.7% of his field goals with a long of 51 yards as a senior after 84.6% as a junior with a long of 55 yards. Career best of 56 yards came during his sophomore campaign. Has averaged 64.4 yards on 343 kickoffs at Florida.
Positive: Strong-legged kicker who displayed consistent improvement the past four seasons. Has a long leg and consistently kicks it through the uprights from 55 yards with room to spare. Improved his accuracy over time. Shows the ability to quickly bounce back from mistakes.
Negative: Slow getting the ball off his foot. Possesses just a marginal kickoff leg and struggles getting the ball into opposing end zones.
Analysis: Sturgis possesses solid physical skills for the next level and displayed drastic improvement the past three seasons. He needs to improve the finer points of his position but should be given a chance to compete for a job this summer.