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2004 Draft Prospect Interview: Dan Orner

2004 Draft Prospect Interview: Dan Orner

So many people underestimate the need for a good placekicker. Each year the problem is magnified as teams ignore special teams and pay the price. As an example, the New England Patriots almost fell from grace when there kicker missed two field goals in the Super Bowl and they have a great kicker, Adam Vinatieri. So when the 2004 NFL draft rolls around, kickers will again be largely ignored, yet, they represent one third of the game.

Given that special teams is so important, why aren't more kickers drafted? "I don't know," Dan Orner, a placekicker out of North Carolina, said with a slight hint of disdain. "It is kind of a unique club to get into. Once you are in the league – and it is pretty hard to get in – and get a couple games under your belt and get that security you have the possibility of staying for 15 years and...

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