2017 NFL DRAFT

Kyle Brindza, K

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Canton, MI
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 236 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
33337-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

Brindza was born with a club foot (right leg) that had his foot turned backward. He underwent several surgeries to correct it, the last being a little more than a decade ago. He set a Michigan state high school record with 19 made field goals as a high school senior, including 6 of 9 from 50-plus yards.

He leaves Notre Dame as the school's all-time leader in nearly every kicking category. He connected on five field goals against Rutgers, an NCAA-best for 2013, and finished the game with 17 points. In his junior season overall, he went 20-for-26 on field-goal attempts. He made 14 of his 15 attempts in the fourth quarter, showing the ability to be reliable when needed most.

Known for his clutch ability late in games, Brindza struggled his senior season. His field goal percentage dropped to 58.3, almost 20 points (18.6) below his junior average (76.9). His long for the year was a 48-yarder against Purdue.

Brindza ended his career on a high note as he kicked the game-winner from 32 yards out as time expired to give the Fighting Irish a Music City Bowl victory over LSU, 31-28.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Legitimate NFL leg strength and mental toughness to make the critical kick. Good overall athlete for a kicker. Can serve as an emergency punter if a team is in a pinch, and started at both positions at Notre Dame the past two seasons. Can handle pressure and kick in bad weather.

WEAKNESSES: Must prove to NFL scouts that his sophomore and junior seasons are the real measuring stick of his potential, rather than the inconsistency of 2014 when he made just 5 of his 11 field-goal attempts of 40-plus yards. Could surprise if he stays in a good groove, but not overly productive from long distance.

--Bo Marchionte

 
 
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