A closer look: K Nate Freese

Posted May 10, 2014

Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara share their thoughts on the Lions' seventh-round selection of kicker Nate Freese

Round 7, Pick 229

K Nate Freese, Boston College


College career: He made some All-American teams as a senior, either first team or second team, and finished his career as the Eagles’ record holder for field goals (70) and points (324). In 50 career games he made 70 of 81 field-goal attempts, and he tied the school record for field goals in a game with four three times – vs. Kent State and Florida State in 2010 and Wake Forest in 2011. Fifth among FBS kickers in 2013 with 51 touchbacks on kickoffs.

On the roster: John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio

Mike O’Hara’s take: The kicking job is wide open, which means the Lions could have a rookie kicker on opening day for only the third time in 35 seasons. Eddie Murray was a seventh-round rookie in 1980. Jason Hanson was a second-round rookie in 1992.

Tim Twentyman’s take: It’s a position that’s wide open for anyone to win in camp. Freese has shown throughout his career the kind of consistency NFL teams value at the position. It’s simple, really, whoever puts the ball through the uprights the most in training camp will win the job.