Leigh Tiffin, K, Alabama

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Leigh Tiffin, K, Alabama

Postby Pudge » Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:49 am

Alabama Senior

PROS: Has good leg strength with the ability to hit from 50 yards or longer. Has a good leg on kickoffs, able to drive the ball to the 5 on a fairly consistent basis. Shows nice accuracy.
CONS: Doesn't have the leg that will consistently drive kicks into the endzone. Will miss some easier kicks from time to time.
OVERVIEW: Tiffin has a good leg and was productive for four seasons at Alabama as their place kicker. Shined as a long ball kicker, hitting 5 of 7 in his career from beyond 50. Not as consistent from 40-49 range, hitting 17 of 30 (56.7%). Had 14 touchbacks this past season on 94 kicks, a career best.
NFL FORECAST: Tiffin is impressive because of his long ball kicking, but he wasn't as consistent and accurate from inside 50 yards as you'd like. While he's not a stud as a kickoff guy, he's good enough to handle that role on the next level and at least be semi-productive with it if not good at it. If he can improve his consistency inside 50 yards, then he stands a good chance of being a solid NFL kicker. He's not inconsistent by any means, but you'd like to see a guy make as many from 40 yards as he does from 50, which is not the case with him. So it may take him a year or two to really work out the kinks. If he does, then someone is going to have a very good kicker that can hit the long ball. If not, then they will be stuck with an average kicker that just has a big leg.
ATL FORECAST: I don't think he's as NFL ready as some other guys in the class, so I don't like his chances in a fair competition between him and Bryant. But he has a stronger leg at this point in his career, and the Falcons may be willing to roll the dice on him just because they've had so many issues with guys not being accurate from beyond 45 yards in recent years at the position. Kicking indoors will certainly help him, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him struggle as a rookie in Atlanta. But with coaching, he should be able to start to work out the kinks by his second and third years.
VALUE: Tiffin's leg strength is intriguing enough to merit a sixth round pick.
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