School: Louisiana Tech
Bio: Oregon State transfer who started for three seasons at Louisiana Tech. All-America and all-Conference selection the past two seasons and winner of the 2011 Ray Guy Award. Averaged 48 yards on 45 punts with a long of 85 yards. Had 21 punts of 50 yards or longer. Junior numbers included an average of 46.3 yards on 78 punts with a long of 72 yards. Had 54 punts of 50 yards or longer the past three seasons without a single one being blocked.
Positive: Strong-legged, left-footed kicker with the ability to punt long distances. Quickly gets the ball off his foot, drives his punts across the field, and kicks his team out of jams. Displays the ability to place the ball inside the 10-yard line. Effective as a directional punter. Opponents have difficulty handing the left footed spin of his punts.
Negative: Struggles to get the ball quickly away under the rush. Gathers himself before getting the ball off his foot. Does not consistently get hang time on punts, which allows for returns.
Analysis: Allen is a big-legged punter who's been very consistent at Louisiana Tech the past two seasons. He needs to improve the technical aspects of his position but has the leg strength necessary to develop into a starter at the next level.
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors after his junior season. Senior totals included an average of 45.6 yards on 53 punts with a long of 72 yards. Had 20 or more punts of 50 yards with one blocked. Junior totals included an average of 45.3 yards on 53 punts with a long of 70 yards.
Positive: Big-legged punter who consistently flips the field. Quickly gets the ball off his foot, gets good hang time on punts, and forces fair catches. Can punt his team out of jams and gets the ball away under pressure.
Negative: Just an average directional or placement punter. Struggles to get hang time on longer punts.
Analysis: Breeding was a consistent punter at Arkansas and shows the leg strength necessary to kick his team out of jams. He must improve his directional kicking and placement of punts but should compete for a job in the NFL.
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season. Also named to several all-America teams in 2011. Senior totals included an average of 43.1 yards on 70 punts with a long of 61 yards. Junior totals included 46.4-yard average on 88 punts, a career long punt of 76 yards and 32 punts of 50-yards or longer. Had five punts blocked in college.
Positive: Strong legged kicker who punts for long distance. Has a fluid stroke, gets excellent hang time on punts and allows coverage teams to get down the field to make plays. Effectively handles the bad snap, quickly gets the ball off his foot and can punt the team out of jams. Gives effort when required to make the tackle.
Negative: Had a large number of punts blocked in college. Struggles getting distance on punts under the rush. Average directional punter.
Analysis: Cowan has an NFL leg and the skills necessary to make a roster must improve the details of his position and be more consistent in his game.
School: Oklahoma State
Bio: Four-year starter named to several all-America teams after his sophomore and junior campaigns as well as being named an all-Conference selection since his freshman season. Averaged 46.3 yards on 44 punts as a senior with a long of 74 yards. Career best punt was 78 yards. Completed 82.4% of his field goals as a senior. Career long field goal of 51 yards came during his senior season.
Positive: Big-legged kicker with the versatility to punt and kick. Quickly gets the ball off his foot, can drive punts for long-distances, and has a tremendous kickoff leg. Consistently places his punts inside the 5-yard line. Drives his kickoffs into the opposing end zone from the college mark. Never had a punt blocked in college.
Negative: Doesn't consistently get great hang time on punts.
Analysis: Sharp was an outstanding punter on the college level and offers the leg strength and versatility to be used in several capacities on the NFL level.
Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-America honors since his freshman season. Averaged 44.8 yards on 59 punts last season after 44.4 yards on 59 punts the prior season. Longest punt of 73-yards came in 2011.
Positive: Big-legged punter with the ability to kick his team out of jams. Has a smooth stroke, gets great hang time on punts, and shows the ability to flip the field. Gives coverage units the ability to get downfield and make plays. Solid directional punter with the ability to place the ball inside the 10-yard line or outside the numbers.
Negative: Slow getting the ball off his foot. Has off the field issues.
Analysis: Wing offers next-level leg strength and the ability to develop into a starting punter for an NFL team. He needs to quicken the pace getting the ball off his foot and show maturity off the field but offers terrific potential.