David Buehler: Is He The Right Choice For the Cowboys?

Michael DunhamCorrespondent IJuly 12, 2010

IRVING, TX - MAY 01:  Kicker David Buehler #18 of the Dallas Cowboys during rookie mini camp on May 1, 2009 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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He can kick the air out of the ball. We learned that last year when he set a franchise record for most touchbacks in a season with 29.

The question is, can David Buehler kick the ball through the uprights?

He has never attempted a field goal in his professional career, but looking at his stats from his college days, one would think he could.  

He made 26 of 33 field goals while at the University of Southern California, including every kick from inside of 30 yards and six of 11 from 40-plus yards. His career long was a 49-yard field goal his sophomore year.  

That 79 percent is the same percentage that Nick Folk had during his three years as the Cowboys' kicker, including his 2007 Pro Bowl year.

The difference is, Buehler did it in college, which one could argue is tougher to do due to the wider hash marks.

It is also far better than the 64.5 percent that the Cowboys kickers kicked last season, making 21-of-30 kicks attempted.  

Dallas' kickers only made seven of the 15 kicks they attempted from over 40 yards, which is worse than Buehler did in his college career.

For some reason, Dallas has been a place where kickers go to die.  

Mike Vanderjagt was considered one of the best kickers of all-time before he joined the Cowboys. He had an 87.5 career field goal percentage, including a season where he made 37-of-37 field goals.  

He came to Dallas and did not even make it 10 games before being benched, then cut from the team soon after. He has not kicked a field goal in the NFL since.

Nick Folk was drafted by the Cowboys and made his name there. Just three years into his Cowboys career, Folk went from a career 86 percent kicker to kicking only 18-of-28 kicks through the uprights, and was cut from the Cowboys in the middle of the 2009 season.

The Cowboys have failed to keep a kicker for more than three seasons since we entered the new millennium, going through the likes of Tim Seder, Jon Hilbert, Billy Cundiff, Jose Cortez, Vanderjagt, Folk, Shaun Suisham, and now Buehler.

In that time, they have failed to rank any higher than 13th in the league in field goals made.

Will Buehler continue the trend of Cowboys kicking woes? Right now, all we can do is speculate.  

If not, maybe Buehler can play linebacker for the 'Boys. With a 4.56 forty time, he was faster than teammates and first-round draft picks Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing, and his 25 reps of 225 pounds was more than Ray Maualuga.

Just thought I'd share those impressive stats with you and throw the idea out there.

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