Oklahoma State football: Kicker/punter Quinn Sharp trying to prove he's draft worthy

Sharp won't be trying to prove where is should be drafted — but that he should be drafted at all.
by Gina Mizell Published: January 27, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Quinn Sharp (13) kicks a field goal as Wes Harlan (39) holds in the third quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor University Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Quinn Sharp (13) kicks a field goal as Wes Harlan (39) holds in the third quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Baylor University Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

But NFL teams can often find the right specialist through free agency.

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.


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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