The Dallas Cowboys do the responsible thing and select kicker, Jake Moody, from the University of Michigan.
Could Dallas wait to sign a kicker during the undrafted free agent process? Probably. But that’s a crapshoot. Utilizing a seventh-round pick is the way to go. In past years, I would shy away from a pick like this but with Mike McCarthy sitting on the “warm-to-hot” seat I imagine he doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned.
Back in 2007, Mike McCarthy worked for the Green Bay Packers. Granted, he wasn’t calling the shots in the draft room for that organization, but he still had some influence. During that draft process, the team used a sixth-round pick to draft their long-time kicker, Mason Crosby. That sixth-round pick may have won Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy their lone Super Bowl championship. Maybe it’s time to try our luck with the same process.
Brett Maher had a respectable season last year until he forgot how to kick a football on national tv. Dallas can’t afford to live in that space any further. Jake Moody is a respectable Big-Ten kicker who has won in big games. He had a better redshirt junior season than senior season. The RS Junior season included 92% field goals and 100% extra points. That’ll get the job done. His long was a 59 which confirms he has a strong enough leg.
In Ann Arbor, the Wolverines play in an open stadium which impacts the kicker more than anyone. The weather elements impact kicking and he had to account for that his entire collegiate career. On the road in places like New England and Green Bay, we could use a kicker accustomed to kicking against the wind. The playoffs could come down to a kick. A seventh-round pick isn’t too much to give up to firm up the kicking game and help get this team over the hump.