2018 Oakland Raiders Draft Prospect Profile

Name: JK Scott

Position: Punter

School: Alabama

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 208 pounds

Stats:


Projected Round: 4-6

The Oakland Raiders have been the benefactors of a sound punting game dating all the way back to the 2000 season. The two men who occupied the punter position during that timeframe were Shane Lechler and Marquette King.

King supplanted the elder statesmen after the 2012 season and was booted from the roster this offseason. Thus, the Raiders search for another stalwart punter commences.

Fortunately, for the Raiders — or any team looking for a punter — the upcoming draft has quality boot specialist, like Alabama’s JK Scott. A tall and lanky punter who has a big leg and hang time.

Raiders Fit:

Competition for incumbent and rookie Colby Wadman must happen and Scott has the ability to carry on the lineage of Oakland’s strong punting game. Solid punting is seen by a luxury by some, but it is truly a necessity in this NFL era where rules are geared towards offenses and scoring points. In an ironic twist, Scott’s agent is none other than Alexa Stabler, daughter of Raider legend, Ken. As a result, this could serve as a natural fit.

Strengths:

Opponents rued Scott’s ability as over half of his punts landed in their own 20. A hang time specialist, only four of Scott’s kicks was touchbacks. Sports a career 45.6 average per boot and was the holder on field goals. Adept at kicking for both big yardage and long hang time. Has big game experience at the collegiate level.

Weaknesses:

Deliberate and elongated approach needs to be sped up in the NFL to avoid blocks. Corrected his planting motion to alleviate injuries to his lower body. Nevertheless, expedited process to adjust to NFL game may result in those same ailments. His high inside-the-20 stats were a product of fortunate rolls on boots.

 

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