K Kyle Brindza (Notre Dame) - Undrafted free agent
We have finally reached the end of our Detroit Lions scouting report series. The final player we are taking a look at is Notre Dame kicker Kyle Brindza, who signed with the Lions as an undrafted free agent.
Height: 6-foot-0 | Weight: 239 pounds
2012: 23/31 FG, 28/29 XP
2013: 20/26 FG, 38/38 XP
2014: 14/24 FG, 51/52 XP
Brindza is from Canton, Mich., and he attended Plymouth High School.
What the experts are saying
STRENGTHS Punted, kicked field goals and handled kickoffs for Notre Dame. Has requisite power in his leg by NFL standards. Averaged 63.4 yards per kickoff with a 64.2 percent touchback mark.
WEAKNESSES Passive on kick coverage. Unlikely to be a reliable last line of defense against stray returns. Made just 58.3 percent of his kicks in 2014. Struggled late in games -- five of his 10 misses last season came in the fourth quarter or overtime.
STRENGTHS: Legitimate NFL leg strength and mental toughness to make the critical kick. Good overall athlete for a kicker. Can serve as an emergency punter if a team is in a pinch, and started at both positions at Notre Dame the past two seasons. Can handle pressure and kick in bad weather.
WEAKNESSES: Must prove to NFL scouts that his sophomore and junior seasons are the real measuring stick of his potential, rather than the inconsistency of 2014 when he made just 5 of his 11 field-goal attempts of 40-plus yards. Could surprise if he stays in a good groove, but not overly productive from long distance.
Went 15-24 on FGs with all misses coming under 50 yards, including four under 40 yards.
Outlook for 2015
Unless Matt Prater suffers an injury or slips up again off the field, there's basically no chance of Brindza making the team this year. However, with a strong showing in training camp and the preseason, Brindza could potentially earn a job elsewhere in the NFL.
Previous scouting reports
UDFAs: QB Anthony Boone, RB Zach Zenner, RB Desmond Martin, RB Rasheed Williams, WR Vernon Johnson, WR Jared Haggins, TE Casey Pierce, OG Al Bond, OG Torrian Wilson, LB Kevin Snyder, S Isaiah Johnson, S Brian Suite