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

Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2014

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)
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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