There may be no more under-appreciated aspect of football than special teams. While offense gets all of the glory and defense wins the championships, the special teams unit of an NFL team usually goes largely un-noticed. However, special teams can be vital to a team's success, and therefore I will give some recognition to the top player at each special teams position in this year's draft.
The Dallas Cowboys landed the talented kicker in the fifth round of this year's draft. Buehler, who was drafted out of USC, is one of the more athletic kickers ever to enter the NFL.
His 40 yard dash time of 4.6 is very impressive for a kicker, and he out bench- pressed even some of the best big men in the draft. This big- legged kicker will start off primarily as a kickoff specialist for the Cowboys, but its just a matter of time before his vast talents force the team to expand his role.
This product of Cincinnati will stay local with the Cincinnati Bengals. Huber has big time leg and excels at pinning the ball within the 20 yard line. At 6'1" and 220 pounds, Huber's size should allow him to generate some serious power behind the ball, which should allow for great distance and hang- time on his kicks as well. Huber should have an immediate impact in the NFL on special teams.
Picks like this one are what makes the New England Patriots so good. In the sixth round of the draft, the Patriots drafted Ingram out of Hawaii to become their starting long snapper.
While Ingram is undersized at only 230 pounds, many scouts believe that he will be one of the better long snappers that the league has seen in quite some time. While the position generally goes un-noticed, having a solid long snapper can often times make the difference between a key field goal or a blocked kick for a touchdown.
In short, Ingram will get the ball where it needs to be quick, accurately, and consistently, and he will then hustle down field and do his best to make the tackle. From a long snapper, what more could you ask for?
Patrick Chung was drafted primarily for his skills as a safety, but his presence on special teams cannot be an ignored. In college football, Patrick Chung was one of the better gunners in the country. Chung has the speed to get to the returner, and the power to make him pay once he gets there, making him a feared force on all facets of the special teams game.