Wes Byrum, K, Auburn

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Wes Byrum, K, Auburn

Postby Pudge » Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:59 am

Auburn Senior


Shows good accuracy on his kicks, and is fairly reliable on the easy kicks. Shows ability to kick in the clutch with several game-winning field goals during his career. Shows good leg strength as a kickoff guy, able to consistently drive the ball inside the 5-yard line and to the goalline.


May not have great leg strength to reliable drive the ball into the endzone, even indoors. Will miss some kicks on occasion.


Byrum hit 6 game-winning field goals during his career at Auburn, including one against the Oregon Ducks in this past year's national championship game, although it's level of difficulty amounted to that of an extra point. But you like the fact that he was productive, consistent, and had his best two seasons the past two years. He made 32 of 38 field goals the past two seasons, almost all of them under 50 yards. He doesn't have a huge leg, having a career long of 52 yards, and only attempted two from beyond 50 yards. He is a good kickoff specialist, although not great. He only had 7 touchbacks the past two seasons with 77 kickoffs.


Byrum will be a fairly accurate kicker, but not sure he'll have the leg strength that NFL teams will fall in love with. As far as range goes, he'd be fairly reliable and strong from 45 yards and in, but not sure what he'd do from beyond that distance. He can also kick off, but he's not going to be a guy that gets a ton of touchbacks, even if he was to play indoors. He should have a nice long career, but because of his limited range and lacking the big booming leg as a kickoff guy, not sure he'll be the type of guy that will stick for a long-time in one place. In the end, I think he probably has a career similar to someone like Todd Peterson, who because of his limited range didn't stick long in one place. He played for six teams over the course of a 12-year career.


Byrum would be a good candidate to replace Bryant, although it remains to be seen if he has even the same range as Bryant does even at his age. He can also handle kickoffs, but would be a significant downgrade from Koenen in that regards because he won't be one of the league leaders in touchbacks and do a great job controlling field position. He'd be a good kicker in Atlanta, but perhaps not good enough to think he'd outlast his rookie contract.


For a team looking for an accurate kicker and decent kickoff guy, then Byrum is probably worth a seventh round pick. But if possible, you'd probably be better off trying to get him as an undrafted free agent since while he can be a good NFL kicker, he probably won't be a great NFL kicker because of his limited leg strength and range. An indoor team or a team that won't force him to kick in elements would be the best fit for him.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Leg Strength: 3.0
Accuracy: 4.0
Kick-offs: 3.0
Clutch Kicking: 3.5
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