2017 NFL Draft

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Nick Folk

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 225 | College: Arizona
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Folk helped himself with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl, and his accuracy inside 40 yards is intriguing. His ability as a punter and distance on kickoffs warrants a long look in the later rounds.

Folk is the first Arizona place-kicker in the draft since 1994 Lou Groza Award winner Steve McLaughlin was picked in the third round by St. Louis in 1995. All-American Max Zendejas was drafted in the fourth round by the Cowboys in the 1986 draft but was traded to Washington before his three NFL seasons.

Folk was the first-team All-Pac-10 punter and league leader, while also making 15 of 20 field-goal attempts in 2006 last year and 30 of 47 overall in his career.


Positives: Averaged 70-plus yards on kickoffs with above average hang time to allow his coverage unit to get into place. Double duty as a punter the past two seasons, averaging 44 yards per attempt with a long of 78. Showed surprising touch, placing 24 punts inside the 20-yard line and forcing seven fair catches with only 10 touchbacks. Improved accuracy throughout his career, making 19 of 23 field-goal attempts (83 percent) from inside 40 yards the past three seasons. A 62-yarder in the 2006 Spring Game displayed leg strength.

Negatives: Hit just 64 percent (30 of 47) of his career field-goal attempts. Considerable struggles from 40 yards and out (11 of 27, 41 percent) despite leg strength. Only 11 of 27 (41 percent) from beyond 40 yards.

Career Notes

Played in the Senior Bowl and the Hula Bowl after his senior season … First UA kicker drafted since Steve McLaughlin in 1995 … First-team All-Pac 10 punter in 2006 … Converted 30 of his 47 career field-goal attempts.

2006 Season

First-team All-Pacific-10; third-team Rivals.com All-America; first-team Pac-10 All-Academic, 2007 Senior Bowl.

2005 Season

Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic in 2005. Made seven of 11 field goal tries (two were blocked) including a 51-yarder against Purdue … Superb duty as kickoff specialist, giving Arizona one of the nation's best net kickoff averages, with a 64.0 average and an average starting point at the right spot, the 20 yard-line … Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic in 2005.

2004 Season

Was No. 1 place kicker as sophomore during the 2004 season … Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention … Made 8-of-13 field goals (61.5 percent) … Ranked eighth in the Pac-10 for field goals … Kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal in final game vs. ASU.

2003 Season

Played in 10 games for the Wildcats in 2003 and took over the place-kicking duties for the last four games of the season … Missed all three field goal attempts for the season (28, 32 and 23 yards) … Converted on 8-of-8 PAT attempts … Named to the honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic team in 2003 … Recipient of the team's Undergraduate Academics Award for the best grade point average and classroom excellence at the end-of-the-year banquet.

2002 Season

Redshirted during the 2002 season … One of two scholarship kickers that the Wildcats signed in 2002.


Folk gives Arizona one of the nation's more complete kickers … Earned honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference … Stepped up and handled the punting duties as well as his placekick chores after Danny Baugher's injury in seventh game, and finished with league-best 44.7-yard average on a substantial 22 punts, sticking eight inside the 20 with only two touchbacks … Had career-best 61-yard punt against Washington … Big leg, with 62-yard field goal in 2006 Spring Game.

Injury Report

No injuries reported

Agility Tests

Combine: Attended, but did not participate in agility drills.

High School

Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 2002 … Was selected to the All-California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section second-team offense as a place-kicker, and the All-CIF Southern Section Division III first-team as a punter for his two-way work at Notre Dame High … 5-for-9 on field goal attempts … Long field goal of 52 yards and also had 36-yard game-winner at the 0:11-second mark … All-Mission League honors as a junior and senior, All-San Fernando Valley as a senior … In soccer, he earned All-CIF Division honors, all-league and All-Valley honors, plus was team captain … Honor roll student and member of National Honor Society, plus All-Mission League Academic Team honors in both soccer and football … Two-star selection by Rivals100.com … Four-year letterman in both football and soccer and also played club soccer … Scholar-Athlete Award winner.


Marketing major … Recipient of the 2002 and 2003 Academic Champion awards … Son of Anton and Kathryn Folk of Woodland Hills, Calif. … Father is an accountant and mother is a physician … Dad graduated from Cal State Northridge and mom graduated from Dartmouth … Born Nov. 5, 1984, Hollywood, Calif.


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