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Kirby Van Der Kamp NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

North Squad punter Kirby Van Der Kamp of Iowa State (13) runs on to the field during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)
G.M. ANDREWS
Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2014

Kirby Van Der Kamp, P, Iowa State (HT: 6'3¾", WT: 202 lbs)

Senior Bowl Weigh In
HeightWeightArmsHands
6'3 3/4"20231 5/8"9 3/8"
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2014-Senior-Bowl-weighin-results.html

 

Positives

  • Plenty of experience as a four-year starter. 
  • Has experience in a variety of weather conditions. 
  • Pinpoint accuracy is his strength—does a great job pinning opponents inside the 20. 
  • Catches the ball cleanly and has a quick, smooth approach. 
  • Gets the ball away quickly when facing closing pressure and doesn't lose mechanics in the face of pressure.

 

Negatives

  • Doesn't have the leg strength to consistently flip field position when pinned deep in own territory. 
  • Plateaued after an impressive freshman year and never made any significant positive improvements in following years. 
Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolPuntsYds/PuntTouchbacksInside 20
2010Iowa State6045.2622
2011Iowa State6842.71021
2012Iowa State7741.0229
2013Iowa State8441.6827
cyclones.com

 

Personal Notes

  • Holds Big 12 record with 289 career punts. 
  • Second team All-Big 12 in 2012 and 2013. 
  • Team captain in 2013. 
  • Left-footed punter.
  • Also played soccer in high school.

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Van Der Kamp doesn't have an elite leg, but he's a strong directional punter. He doesn't have the complete package to guarantee him a job at the next level, but he will definitely get a look. His accuracy could allow him to stick around for awhile if he's able to win a job.

 

Draft Projection: 7th Round-Undrafted free agent

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