Seventh Round (Pick No. 253): Rodrigo Blankenship, K – Georgia
There are rumblings the Minnesota Vikings will bring back punter and holder Britton Colquitt. While that would be wonderful, the team still needs to ensure they can have someone to accurately kick the ball through the uprights and handle kickoffs.
Fans are likely hoping that Dan Bailey will come back, but so far there haven’t been any rumblings on that. So, that leaves a hole for the team to fill at the spot and Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship could be just the guy to fill it.
In his four seasons playing at kicker, Blankenship didn’t miss a single extra point. Even though that will likely change in the NFL, the fact he was able to do so with consistency 200 times in college is quite a remarkable feat.
Sadly, the gamble with any kicker is knowing if they can succeed under pressure. Over the course of his NCAA career, Blankenship only connected on 82.5 percent of his field goal attempts. Despite that, he still won the 2019 Lou Groza Award while hitting 27 of his 33 tries.
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