Zane Gonzalez had one of the most prolific collegiate careers ever for a kicker but didn’t get drafted until the final round, making him a steal for the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL draft when the team selected Gonzalez with the No. 224 overall selection.
In the last 12 years, punter Bryan Anger and kicker Roberto Aguayo are the only two specialists taken in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. Neither lived up to the billing.
Anger underwhelmed in Jacksonville before emerging in Tampa Bay in 2016, while Aguayo struggled as a rookie, missing four of his first season field goals and finishing his rookie season last in the NFL in field goal percentage at 71 percent.
The linebacker out of Tennessee almost entered the draft in 2016, but instead returned for his senior season. He played in only four games before a labrum tear in his shoulder sidelined him for the rest of the season and required surgery. He decided to forgo a medical redshirt and set his sights on impressing teams at the combine.
He wasn’t able to participate in all of the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he still met with teams and the media to make his case. Fortunately, he was coming off back-to-back 100-tackle seasons and had enough film for NFL scouts to analyze despite his final season being cut short. The linebacker recorded 240 total tackles, 8.0 sacks ¡ª 6.0 sacks in 2015 alone ¡ª and three turnovers during his time at Tennessee.
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