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 Post subject: Ryan Succop, K, South Carolina
PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:50 am 
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Ryan Succop
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Pros: He has a strong leg and has field goal range up to and beyond 50 yards. He has the leg strength to drive the ball to the goal line consistently on kickoffs.

Cons: Accuracy is inconsistent and he can be erratic inside 40 yards.

Overview: He also served as a punter as a sophomore and junior, before being a full-time kicker as a senior. He missed 4 kicks vs. Kentucky this past year, but was bothered by abdominal strain during the game, leading to those misses. Made 71% of his kicks for his career.

NFL Forecast: Succop's best asset is his leg strength and potential on kickoffs. He needs to become more consistent as a field goal kicker, particularly inside 40 yards where NFL kickers aren't supposed to miss unless it's a hurricane. But with some time to develop, he could be an effective field goal kicker. Probably won't be great ever, but if he can become a strong kickoff guy and make around 80% of his kicks, he can stick in the NFL. But he's probably at least two or three years from developing into that player.

ATL Forecast: Succop could be worth the Falcons keeping on the practice squad for a year or two develop, and his strong leg would be very effective indoors. But his kickoff ability is his most attractive as of now, and with Koenen on the roster he adds limited immediate value even on the bench.

Value: Succop isn't worth a draft pick, but a team would be smart to bring him to camp and see what he can do.

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