After rewriting the special teams record books at Rice, Chris Boswell could hear his named called Saturday during the final four rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Although special teams player traditionally are not selected in droves during the draft, several teams have chosen long-distance kickers in the late rounds of past drafts. Other teams prefer to take their chances signing kickers to free-agent contracts shortly after the draft.
Boswell is rated the No. 1 kicker by CBS Sports (No. 180 overall), who projects the Owls standout to go in the fifth or sixth round. He’s also listed at No. 1 on Draft Countdown, NFL Draft Blitz and NFL Draft 101. He’s the No. 2 rated kicker behind Boston College’s Nate Freese in WalterFootball.com. ESPN put Boswell third behind Anthony Fera of Texas and Zach Hocker of Arkansas.
While there are seemingly hundreds of mock drafts online, projecting a specific team beyond the first round is not always easy, as evidence by last year’s attempt to place Vance McDonald (though Seattle did draft a Rice tight end).
Based on kicking need, past history and, in one case, geography, here are five educated guesses about where Boswell will end up.