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K Zach Hocker
Arkansas' draft prospects are thin this year, but kicker Zach Hocker has a chance to hear his name called. He's rated the No. 6 kicker in the draft by CBSSports.com, but he is also listed outside of the seventh round to free-agent zone.
Hocker had a very good career as a Hog, being a big part of the team all four years from 2010-13. He ended his time as a Razorback in November with a 77.2 field-goal percentage. While that is not great, his number could have been significantly higher had he not had a down junior year.
In 2012, Hocker lost his touch for a while, finishing 11-for-18 (61.1 percent). The lowest percentage he had other than his junior year was as a sophomore when he had a percentage of 77.8 (21-27). His best numbers came as a freshman and senior. In 2010, Hocker made 16 of 19 (84.2 percent) FG attempts, and last year as a senior, he posted a mark of 86.7 (13-15).
The problem for Hocker isn't his leg strength, which he has shown he has plenty of. In fact, he was 19-of-30 (63.3 percent) on field goals of 40-plus yards and was 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) from 50 and over. In 2013, he hit three of four from 50-plus yards out and five of seven from over 40.
He's shown he can hit long attempts and holds a career long of 54 yards. The big question is whether he can have the consistency expected from an NFL kicker.
Wednesday, Hocker will have a shot to showcase his skills for scouts. He has a lot to prove if he wants to make an NFL team, but with a strong showing at Arkansas' pro day, he could work his way into possibly hearing his name called or at least getting a free-agent deal.