Editor's note: This is the 19th installment in Bleacher Report's NFL 1000 for the 2013 season. This signature series runs through April 24, with NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller ranking the best players at every position. You can read more about the series in this introductory article. See the NFL 1000 page for more rankings.
What does it take to be the best kicker in the NFL?
That’s what the NFL 1000 aims to identify. Throw out the narratives and dig into the film. Then we’ll see who is the best. Who was the most accurate? Who showed the best power?
The B/R 1000 metric is based on scouting each player and grading the key criteria for each position. The criteria are weighted according to importance on a 100-point scale.
Neither potential nor career accomplishments are taken into consideration.
Kickers are judged on power (50 points) and accuracy (50), plus all of the technique, athletic ability and football intelligence needed to play the position.
In the case of ties, our team asked, "Which player would I rather have on my team?" and set the rankings accordingly.
Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.
A team of experienced evaluators and I scouted each player with these key criteria in mind. The following scouting reports and grades are the work of months of film study from our team.