If you had to pick just one guy that will have the most success in the NFL from the 2014 class from Iowa State, it’s easily their punter, Kirby Van Der Kamp.
The best-rated punter by numerous scouts will also be the Cyclones’ best bet for a draft in the NFL. But the question remains, where will he end up?
Kirby Van Der Kamp
- Positions: Punter, kicker
- Height: 6-foot-4
- Weight 202 lbs.
- 40 time: 4.84 seconds
- NFL Draft Scout: 1 out of 49 P’s | Prediction: 5th round
The good: Instant offense. When Iowa State couldn’t get it done offensively, Van Der Kamp had the leg to back teams deep in their territory. This season, his numbers weren’t as dominant as last year, but he booted 27 of his 84 total kicks inside the opponent’s 20. He’s an elite pin-point punter, only having eight touchbacks and zero of them were blocked. Even cooler, he had has a 25-yard punt-fake pass, which was arguably the best pass in the game against TCU.
The bad: His set back later in the Big 12 season has really been the only blemish on this guy’s record. Perhaps him not improving will knock his status down. Also, he lacks the power of other punters, only hitting 17 of his punts over 50 yards last season.
CC prediction: 6th-7th round. I highly doubt Van Der Kamp will remain undrafted with how much talent he has. Somebody has to give him a chance, even if he is just a backup, but don’t be surprised to see him kick regularly for team on Sundays very soon.