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Kicker of the Future

There was one position I really hoped Dorsey would address going into UDFA, and it wasn't receiver. No, I'm talking about upgrading the position of placekicker for the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 2009, Pioli used the last pick of the draft to pick up Ryan Succop, placekicker out of South Carolina. Throughout his tenure in Kansas City, he's been serviceable. He's an 81% career FG kicker, and has hit some clutch (albeit not very long) field goals. He hit overtime game-winning field goals on Halloween in 2010 AND 2011, and I definitely appreciate his contributions to my team.

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Now that the complimenting is out of the way, let's be real. Ryan Succop is a mediocre NFL kicker. He's a career 97% from 20-29 yards, 85% from 30-39, 75% from 40-49, and an atrocious 52% from 50+. Last year, he went 1-4 on FGA from 50+ . It's a small sample size, and one could make the argument that last year was an anomaly, but anyone who watches KC Chiefs football knows Succop is nothing special. There have been occasions over the years where we have chosen to punt instead of attempt a 52-54 yard field goal, because we know it's more likely we'd be giving the other team great field position than getting 3 points on the board. Having a kicker that can consistently hit between 46-54 yards is more than a luxury, it's an important asset to a football team. Aside from field goals, a kicker is responsible for, of course, the kickoff. Since the kickoff was moved to the 35 yard line in 2011, we've seen how strong-legged kickers can just boom it out of the back of the endzone. Have we seen this from Succop? Not really. Since the rule change, he's about a 50% touchback kicker. Not horrible, just mediocre.

The previous two paragraphs are basically an explanation of why I am so excited about our newly acquired kicker, Cairo Santos. First off, there's this. You know what you'll find when you YouTube search Ryan Succop 60 yard field goals? Mostly reaction videos of Steelers fans losing it when Succop missed the 41 yarder vs San Diego.

On to Santos! He's from Brazil, and didn't know much if anything about the American brand of football until he moved to St. Augustine, Florida as a foreign exchange student. Eventually, he found out his skills from playing soccer translated well to kicking field goals in American football, and used that opportunity to go to college at Tulane University. He continued to improve as a kicker, and in 2012 went 21/21 kicking field goals with 12 of those being from 40+ and 2 from 50+ (including a school record 57 yarder). In 2013, he had setbacks both on and off the football field. His father died and he went 16-23 kicking field goals, including a 48 yard crunch-time miss against Louisiana Lafayette in Tulane's first bowl game since 2002. You can read more about his story here

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Bottom line: The guy's not a finished product, but I think he'll benefit from NFL coaching. He has a strong leg and he's accurate. You can't coach an extra 10 yards of leg into Ryan Succop, and plus he's currently in a 5 year, 14 million dollar deal. Succop is not a touchback specialist, he's mediocre from anywhere beyond 40 yards, and most importantly, when the game is on the line, do you really want him kicking that field goal? I don't, and I don't think John Dorsey does either.

Sorry for the mediocre formatting, this is my first FanPost and I don't know how to do a lot of the stuff. Thanks for reading!

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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