Draft: Dark Horse Kicker

This Wednesday the Kansas City Chiefs will send a scout to watch a workout by Northern Arizona kicker Robbie dehaze1Dehaze, according to the Arizona Daily Sun.  Dehaze, a 2008 first team All-American kicker and punter worked out at Arizona State’s pro day last week in Tempe.

Scouts, Inc. currently has Dehaze ranked 10th among kickers in this year’s draft.  There were two kickers drafted last year and three in 2007.

There is a lot of talk about the Chiefs not developing a young quarterback — and that’s true — but they have been equally poor at developing kickers.  When your most recent successful kicker is Lawrence Tynes and said kicker has only had that success after he leaves the team, that’s not much to hang your hat on.  I loved Nick Lowery as much as the next guy, but how long can you keep looking back at the early 90’s?  I’m not saying Dehaze will be the young kicker that succeeds in Arrowhead, but the fact they are going out of their way (Northern Arizona?) to watch him reminded me of how poor the crop has been in Kansas City.  Maybe he’s in the running to be Mr. Irrelevant?

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