The Detroit Lions are searching for a reliable kicker in the upcoming draft. With Michael Badgley’s departure to unrestricted free agency, the Lions are keeping an eye on the best kicking prospects. Jake Moody is the clear number one prospect in the draft, but there are other talented kickers to ponder. Here are the top four kicker prospects for the Detroit Lions to consider in the upcoming draft.
- Jake Moody, Michigan
- Christopher Dunn, NC State
- Jack Podlesny, Georgia
- B.T. Potter, Clemson
Jake Moody, Michigan, 6-1, 210
Moody is a well-known name in the college football world, regarded as one of the most accurate kickers. He made 29 of 35 field goal attempts this past season, and his long of 59 yards has impressed many. He is leaving the college game and entering the NFL Draft as Michigan’s best kicker ever. Moody’s big leg and accuracy could prove to be an excellent addition to the Lions’ special teams. The Lions are still struggling to find stability at the kicker position since Matt Prater’s departure in 2021. With Moody’s impressive record and head coach Jim Harbaugh’s high praise, the Lions should keep a close eye on Moody.
Christopher Dunn, NC State, 5-8, 179
Dunn is the highest-scoring player in Wolfpack history, with an impressive career of 377 career points. He has an accurate and powerful leg, making him a great choice for the Lions. Dunn was 44-of-50 kicking field goals over the last two seasons, and he also set NC State’s career record with 69 field goals. With a perfect record of 170 PAT attempts, Dunn has become NC State’s new school record holder. He could be a great addition to the Lions with his reliable and accurate kicking style.
Jack Podlesny, Georgia, 5-10, 190
Podlesny is a consistent kicker who has never converted less than 81 percent of his field goal attempts in his three seasons at Georgia. He was a perfect 3-for-3 kicking from 50-plus yards this past season and only missed 13 field goals in the last three seasons combined. He has received recognition for his outstanding performance, earning a spot on the 2022 AP All-SEC First Team. The Lions should consider Podlesny as an excellent addition to their special teams.
B.T. Potter, Clemson, 5-10, 200
Potter has a solid record in his five-year career with the Tigers, making 20-of-26 and 21-of-26 kicking field goals the last two seasons. He has an impressive track record, setting several records for Clemson, including the ACC record for career extra points. Potter’s success continued in 2022, earning him a spot as a Lou Groza Award semifinalist. With a degree in Sports Communication and Athletic Leadership, Potter also has demonstrated his dedication and commitment off the field.
Honorable Mention: Chad Ryland, Maryland, 6-0, 183 – Ryland attempted 15 field goals of 50-plus yards over the last five seasons and made nine of those, making him a good candidate for long-range kicking. Although he was only 12-of-20 on field goals this past season, he has a proven track record, making him a notable honorable mention. The Lions could consider Ryland as a solid pick for their special teams.