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 Post subject: Thomas Weber, K, Arizona State
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:55 am 
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THOMAS WEBER
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Arizona State Senior

PROS:

Has good leg strength with the range to kick from beyond 50 yards. Able to drive kickoffs inside the five-yard line with the distance to get touchbacks. Shows ability to hit during clutch time.

CONS:

Inconsistent accuracy on field goals and will miss some kicks inside 40 yards. Not really reliable with the easier kicks. Not always consistent with his kickoffs and ability to drive the ball deep.

OVERVIEW:

Weber has the skills to compete at the next level, but he's raw and needs to become more accurate and consistent on the makable NFL kicks. Weber won the Lou Groza award (top kicker) as a freshman, the first time in history that has happened. But as his college career progressed he got less accurate and consistent as a kicker. His freshman year, he was very accurate, hitting on 24 of 25 field goals. Came back as a sophomore, and was still fairly good, hitting on 19 of 25, but struggled from beyond 40 yards (3 of 7). Was limited by a groin injury as a junior, but still hit 8 of 13 field goals, but made none beyond 40 (0 for 3). As a senior, he had his most inconsistent year, hitting 17 of 24, going only 3 of 7 from the 40-49 yard range, but was 2-2 of from beyond 50 yards. For his career, he was 4 of 4 from beyond 50 yards, but 11 of 22 from beyond 40 yards. He also served as the team's punter his first two years, and for his career averaged 40.2 yards on 112 punts with 34 placed inside the 20, and had 3 blocked. He also had 3 field goals blocked during his sophomore year, and made 136 of 143 extra points. He was a solid kickoff guy, serving in that role all 4 years, averaging just about 64 yards every year and had 35 career touchbacks.

NFL FORECAST:

Weber is the type of guy that I think if he can bounce around a few camps his first few summers, hit up the off-season kicking camps and refine his skills, he has a chance to stick long-term in the NFL. He has the leg strength and kickoff ability, just needs to be more accurate and reliable. NFL kickers really aren't supposed to miss from inside 45 yards. I think he'll be reliably accurate inside 40 yards for the most part, but it's those kicks from beyond 40 that give me pause. And if you can't trust your kicker to make a 42 or 46-yard field goal, then you simply can't trust your kicker. The player I would compare him to is Shaun Suisham. It was clear from the get-go that Suisham was good enough to stick in the league, but he had to bounce around for a couple of years before he finally stuck in Washington in his third year. But even still, he wasn't as reliable and clutch enough for Washington to stand by him for more than a few seasons, and now he's back to being a journeyman. I think the same will be for Weber. He'll be a nice pickup for a team that has to deal with injuries or is in a pinch, but I'm not sure he's close to being good enough where you can expect him to last more than a year or so with one team. If he continues to work on his game, there's a chance he gets there down the road, but like Suisham, it'll probably be fleeting.

ATL FORECAST:

Weber is a nice candidate to come to Atlanta and compete because of his ability to kickoff and hit field goals. If the team was unable to keep Koenen, he would at least be a decent kickoff option. Kicking indoors and with the new rules should allow him to be effective, albeit probably not good. He's not as good as Bryant, and certainly not ready to handle that role. But if the Falcons were to lose Koenen, he might be an OK option as a kickoff specialist if the Falcons were forced to go that route, with the hope that a few years of watching Bryant he could refine his skills and be developed as a long-term replacement. He's not a great candidate, but the Falcons could certainly do worse, and he does have NFL-caliber tools, just needs time to work them out.

VALUE:

Weber isn't worth a draft pick, but a team would be smart to bring him to camp and see what he can do in a competition.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Leg Strength: 3.5
Accuracy: 2.5
Kick-Offs: 3.0
Clutch Kicking: 2.0

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