Cody Mandell NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2014

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 31:  Cody Mandell #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Georgia Dome on August 31, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Cody Mandell, P, Alabama (HT: 6'2½", WT: 216 lbs)

 

Positives

  • Made huge improvements in leg strength, increasing punt average by nearly 10 yards from freshman to senior year.
  • Smooth and quick approach leads to few blocked kicks.
  • Limited experience in poor weather conditions growing up in Louisiana and playing in the SEC.

 

Negatives

  • Despite being a four-year starter, has somewhat limited experience in clutch situations due to the proficiency of Alabama's offense.
  • Senior year punting average is likely inflated due to small sample size. 
  • Ball does not explode off his foot, and he does not consistently flip the field with booming kicks. 
  • Does not always get the ball off cleanly and gets inconsistent hang time on many of his punts. 
Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolPuntsYds/PuntTouchbacksInside 20
2010Alabama4139.2313
2011Alabama3638.9211
2012Alabama5044.3619
2013Alabama3947.1615
rolltide.com

 

Personal Notes

  • Turned down scholarship offers from other schools in order to walk on at Alabama.
  • Ranked as No. 5 punter coming out of high school by Scout.com.
  • Ray Guy Award semifinalist in 2013. 
  • Second-team All-SEC as a senior. 
  • Freshman All-SEC selection in 2010. 

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Mandell meets the minimum requirements to get a look from the NFL, but he doesn't stand out in any one area. He lacks the booming leg to intrigue teams with his potential and doesn't quite have the dominant accuracy to make up for his modest leg.

Someone will give him a look, but he appears to lack the overall tools to be more than a stop-gap option for teams at the next level.

 

Draft Projection: 7th-UDFA