The Washington Redskins selected Arkansas kicker Zach Hocker with the 228th pick in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Redskins already have a pretty good kicker in Kai Forbath. But obviously the Redskins felt the need to bring in some competition for him, highlighted by the fact that they used a draft pick on another kicker.
Forbath’s production dropped last year, mainly due to a groin injury he had early in the season. This affected his accuracy, and it also affected his length on kickoffs most of all. The Redskins were one of the worst teams in the NFL in Touchback Percentage. And this had an effect on field position.
Enter Zach Hocker. Who is known for having a very strong leg, and he had one of the highest touchback percentages in the NCAA last season. He was also very accurate on fields goals, hitting 87% last season. So we’ll see if Hocker can beat out Forbath. If he doesn’t it will be a complete waste of a pick.
Based on last years performance on special teams, it seems the Redskins want to do everything in their power to have the best special teams possible in 2014. Drafting a kicker is unusual, but when it happens it typically means the team has plans for that kicker. But it’s still a kicker. So the value of this draft pick will hinge on how good Zach Hocker is.