Draft 2020 – Pick #8: Sam Sloman, K, Miami (OH)

Player Bio
High school kickers are not often given credit for helping their team win a state title. However, Sloman deserves that recognition after making 20-of-23 field goal attempts (long of 53 yards) and converting all 51 extra point tries as a senior at Pace Academy in Georgia. He made only one of three field goals (long of 31 yards) as a true freshman at Miami (Ohio) but was the team’s kickoff specialist (12 touchbacks on 54 kickoffs). Sloman became the starter as a sophomore and was the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year (12-16 FGs, long 45; 35-36 XPs; 21 touchbacks on 58 kickoffs). Redhawk coaches did not give him many field goal opportunities as a junior (10-13-76.9, 41-42 XPs) but he did create 42 touchbacks on 63 kickoffs. Sloman finished his career on a crescendo, garnering second-team All-MAC notice in 2019 by converting 26-of-30 field goals (86.7 percent, 4-5 from 50 yards or more) and all 34 extra point tries (52 touchbacks on 75 kickoffs).

Analysis
Overview

Stocky with plenty of fire in his belly. Sloman is an energetic kicker with quality leg strength, but each kick looks like a lot goes into it. After going 0 for 5 from 50-plus heading into his senior year, he may have answered some questions about his ability to hit the long ball. He needs to strike the ball more consistently on kickoffs but can blast touchbacks when he’s right. He’s a likely undrafted free agent who might get a shot in camp.

Strengths
  • Showed consistent improvement
  • Thick lower half with good pop
  • Made 4 of 5 from 50-plus yards in 2019
  • Never had a kick blocked
  • Shows ability to drive field goals through the wind
  • Plenty of leg to handle kickoffs
Weaknesses
  • Lengthy run up to his kick
  • Made just 4 of 10 tries in his career from 50-plus yards
  • Yanks directional kickoffs on occasion
  • Had six kickoffs head out of bounds in 2019
  • Attempts to draw flag with flops were below average against Northern Illinois

Lance Zierlin – NFL.COM

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