Dan Hutchins, P/K, Pittsburgh

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Dan Hutchins, P/K, Pittsburgh

Postby Pudge » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:56 am

Pittsburgh Senior


Pulled double duty and handled field goals and punts. Shows decent leg strength as a punter and gets decent hangtime. Shows ability to pin teams deep and work the sideline on the short field. Effective field goal kicker that makes most of the easy kicks.


Line drives too many kicks and not a guy that is going to force many fair catches. Shanks too many punts and attempts too many rugby-style punts when trying to go for distance. Has limited range as a field goal kicker, questionable beyond 45 yards.


Hutchins pulled double duty his last two years at PItt. He was fairly accurate field goal kicker, but did not shine when he was forced to kick for distance. Although he does get points for kicking at Heinz Field, where he only missed 4 kicks during his career. In his two seasons at Pitt, he made 41 of 53 field goals (77.3%) and 86 of 88 extra points. His problems were accuracy beyond 40 yards, where he was 6 of 15, with a career long of 45 yards. As a punter, he averaged 43 yards on 89 punts, with only 13 fair catches and 29 placed inside the 20-yard line.


Hutchins is good enough in both areas to compete, but his probable NFL future is likely as a punter. I think he has a chance to stick as a kicker, but unless he can prove that he has the range to kick from beyond 40 yards with accuracy, he'll be hard-pressed to be anything more than a stopgap at that position. His punting skills need work, but a few off-seasons bouncing around kicking camps and refining his skills, he has a shot at landing an NFL role. My biggest beef with him is the lack of hangtime. He's not terrible in that regard, but he definitely needs improvement, and I don't think without improvement there he can be a good enough option to stick in the pros. Give him a few years, maybe refining his skills north of the border, and he has a shot down the road. But I wouldn't expect anything more than a desperate team giving him a look his first two or three years out of school.


Hutchins is just a body for the Falcons. His kicking ability isn't good enough to make Bryant sweat, and he'd be a mediocre option to replace Koenen as the punter. The Falcons could do so much better than him.


Hutchins deserves an invite to camp, but at the same time, but he wouldn't be a top priority there.

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

Leg Strength: 2.0
Directional Kicking: 2.5
Placement: 2.0
Kick-offs: N/A
Clutch Kicking: 2.5
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