New York Giants: Top 5 kicker replacements for Aldrick Rosas
By Henry Buggy
#5 – Caleb Sturgis
Auburn’s Daniel Carlson and Florida’s Eddy Pineiro are considered the top two kickers coming out of college, but NFL teams should be careful of using a draft selection on a kicker. The Buccaneers tried to solve their kicking issues in the draft, selecting Roberto Aguayo in the second-round of the 2016 draft. That clearly didn’t work out.
The Giants would be wise to avoid kickers coming out of college, especially with the Lou Groza award winner Matt Gay returning to Utah next season.
Kansas City’s Harrison Butker and Philadelphia’s Jake Elliott both proved that rookie kickers can have success in the NFL, but both players were drafted by other franchises.
Elliott replaced Caleb Sturgis due to a hip injury. The Eagles elected to move forward with the rookie after an impressive start, but that doesn’t mean Sturgis won’t be starting for an NFL franchise in 2018.
The 28-year-old signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Eagles last offseason after posting multiple career-highs in 2016. Sturgis has connected on 81 percent of his field attempts through his first five seasons and has made 13-of-24 field goals from 50-plus yards.