As it was announced Saturday morning the New York Jets signed former Cowboys Kicker Greg Zuerlein, I was once again reminded that the Dallas Cowboys currently don't have a starting kicker on the team.
Yes, they did sign former Texas and SMU Kicker Chris Naggar to a futures contract, but he has barely any NFL experience, so it wouldn't surprise me if they drafted a kicker.
For those who don't remember, the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Florida Kicker Evan McPherson in last year's draft with a fifth-round pick, and he turned out to be a big-time weapon for the franchise.
1. Cade York, K, LSU
We start with Cade York, who was arguably the greatest kicker ever to play for the Tigers, and has been rated as this year's top kicker in the class.
His breakdown shows someone who's accurate, clutch, and has a huge leg, and based on those qualities, I already picture fans are salivating at the idea of having him as a weapon since they had to suffer watching Zuerlein this season.
In his three-year collegiate career, York broke the record for the longest field goal made (57-yards) in program history, was 54-66 in fields goals made (81.8%), and went 164-168 (97.6%) in extra points made.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the last extra point he missed was in 2019, and he was 15-19 (78.9%) all-time in field goals 50-yards or more.
Wouldn't that be lovely if the Cowboys could not only have a kicker who can knock down extra points again, but be trusted to hit it from deep?
Anyways, York could bring the same type of flair that McPherson brought for the Bengals and be a player the franchise uses with one of their extra fifth-round picks on.
2. Gabe Brkic, K, Oklahoma
Next, we have Oklahoma kicker Gabe Brkic who is similar to York and is a perfect option the franchise could draft if LSU's greatest kicker of all time gets selected already.
Brkic's career stats show he was 159-160 in extra points made (99.4%), 57-69 in field goals made (82.6%), and has a career-long of 57-yards.
To some, he may be better than York if you go based on the statistics, but having to decide between either player would not be a bad idea.
However, if you want to break it down and determine the biggest difference between the two, you realize that Brkic arguably has the biggest leg in the class.
Lettin er fly https://t.co/aRgFWmSlmP
— Gabe Brkic (@GabeBrkic) February 8, 2022
As mentioned, Brkic would be a fantastic option if York isn't available, and you may see another “Greg the Leg” reincarnated into Brkic.
Additionally, he is someone that has proven to perform under pressure, as he nailed three 50-plus-yard field goals in a game against Tulane this season. Special Teams Coordinator John Fassel loves kickers with huge legs, so either of the two would be a match made in heaven for him.