Last but not least, we have our list of featured Big Board players from the special teams’ position. Here are just three of the guys to look out for:
Jake Camarda – Georgia – Punter
Since his true freshman season, Bulldogs punter Jake Camarda has shown great promise while developing into one of the nation’s top punting prospects. With touch-to-toe times in the low-to-mid 1.3s and hang times typically in the 4.2s or higher, it’s no wonder why the Norcross, Georgia product was a Ray Guy Award Finalist last season. Also impressive among Camarda’s career production are his 49 punts of 50+ yards with only 23 touchbacks. But what truly stands out to NFLPA Bowl scouts are his 53 career punts inside the 20-yard line – a true testament to the 2020 SEC Special Teams Player of the Year’s control and accuracy with the football.
Cameron Dicker – Texas – Placekicker
As a three-year starter for the Longhorns, Cameron Dicker has played in some big games. For a field goal kicker, NFL scouts want to see their ability to convert kicks when the game is on the line or in high-pressure situations, and Dicker has consistently delivered. In 2019, the 2021 Lou Groza Award preseason watch listee converted game-winning kicks against Big 12 rivals Kansas and Kansas State, and kicked a go-ahead 40-yard field goal vs border rival Oklahoma with 10 seconds left to play in the Red River Rivalry. As a kickoff specialist, the Lake Travis, Texas product forces a touchback on north of 69% of his attempts, and in 2020 he even punted eight times in a pinch, showing additional versatility and value for NFL teams to evaluate.
Jordan Silver – Arkansas – Long Snapper
As a long snapper, notoriety is not typically what follows. For NFL talent evaluators, consistency among specialists is paramount, especially for snappers who are only called out when they have bad snaps. But Silver has talent for the NFL to see – with easy throws back to the punter that typically time in the high 0.7s to low 0.8s and with good athleticism to get downfield to cover punts. For the past three seasons in the SEC, in fact, the Missouri native has short snapped for field goals/PATs as well as deep snapped for punts, giving him outstanding experience for scouts to judge.
That concludes our list of featured players; check back tomorrow August 27th for the reveal of the entire Big Board.