Former OSU kicker Dan Bailey went undrafted in 2011 but signed with The Dallas Cowboys that summer and snagged the placekicking duties. Justin Tucker, who will kick for the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl this Sunday, was not drafted out of Texas last year.
Tucker was, somehow, not a part of the larger group of specialists drafted in 2012. Four kickers and two punters were taken, including California punter Bryan Anger in the third round by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The previous two years combined, a total of four punters and one kicker were selected.
Sharp said before the Heart of Dallas Bowl that he likely projects more as a kicker and kickoff specialist. But ESPN and CBS both rank him as a punter. Mel Kiper says he's the fourth-best at that position, while CBS pegs him at the No. 2 spot.
That versatility should only help Sharp, as he could fill different roles on different teams. Still, both ESPN and CBS list Sharp as a borderline draft prospect.
Sharp has a future in the NFL. Over the next several weeks, his task is to prove he deserves to have his name called on draft weekend.