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SHANE LECHLER
K/P | (6-1 3/4, 230, 4.95e) | Texas A&M
by Pro Football Weekly
Drafted by: Oakland, Pick 13, Round 5 , Overall 142

Notes: High school quarterback and kicker who also played basketball and baseball. Redshirted in 1995 and has been an award-winning punter each of the last four years. Also handled some placement work and did some kicking off. Had a 42.7-yard average and 39.6 net on 72 punts as a redshirt freshman in '96. Averaged 47 yards on 56 kicks with a 41.3-yard net in '97. Had a 43.6-yard average on 80 kicks with 21 inside the the 20 and a 39.2-yard net in '98 and a 46.5-yard average with 15-of-60 kicks inside the 20 in 1999, when he also made 6 of 8 PATs and the only field goal he attempted, which was from 32 yards out. Threw a TD pass on a fake in '98 and has done a lot of holding for the Aggies.

Positives: Good size. Strong leg. Catches the ball well and can hold for placements. Decent kickoff man. Throws the ball fairly well and is a threat on trick plays. Will hit and tackle. Thinks of himself as a football player who kicks. As a punter, he can really boom the ball and get his team out of trouble. Is starting to learn a little bit about placing and directing his kicks.

Negatives: Takes too long getting punts off. Inconsistent punter who can bring rain with one kick and shank the next. Has more than a few kicks that are low, short line drives which, in many instances in college, were not handled and rolled to inflate his average. By NFL standards, his kickoffs are just average in terms of hang time and distance.

Summary: Has the size, leg, toughness and hands to be an NFL punter, holder and emergency placekicker, but he must learn to get his punts off quicker and become a more consistent punter.

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