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Scouting report: Specialists

Ranking the specialists in the NFL draft

The Boston Globe examines the top specialist available in the 2012 NFL draft. Players are listed with position, school, height, weight, and 40-yard dash time. * denotes underclassman:

KICKERS

1. Greg Zuerlein, Missouri Western/6-0/189/4.86

Transferred from Nebraska-Omaha when the school dropped football in 2011. Huge leg. Hit 9-of-9 over 50 yards last season, including two from 58 yards. Showed off at the East-West Shrine Game. Good touchback percentage.

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Projected round: 6-7

2. Blair White, Georgia/5-9 ¼ /187/4.96

All-time leading scorer in the SEC. Coming off a rough senior season when he made just 21 of 35 kicks. Will have to prove he is mentally tough enough to overcome slumps. Was headed for the draft before his final year.

Projected round: 6-7

3. Carson Wiggs, Purdue/6-0 ½ /221/4.96

Made 19 of 25 field goals as a senior and has a career long of 59 yards. Bad weather is not a problem. Good Senior Bowl. Punted 55 times as a backup.

Projected round: 7-FA

4. Randy Bullock, Texas A&M/5-9 ¼ /205/5.20

Won the Lou Groza Award as college football’s top kicker after making 29 of 33 field goals with a career long of 52 yards. Very accurate at mid range.

Projection: Free agent

5. Dave Teggart, UConn/6-0/207/5.29

Northboro native showed a knack with three game-winning kicks in his career. Made 22 of 28 field goals as a senior. Said he feels solid inside 60 yards, and expects to make kicks 55 and in. Will have to prove he can kickoff.

Projection: Free agent

PUNTERS

1. Bryan Anger, Cal/6-3 ½ /208/4.90

Averaged 43.5 yards in his four-year career. Had 90 punts land inside the 20-yard line. Had a terrific Shrine Game with three kicks over 58 yards. Can rugby punt. Consistent hang times.

Projected round: 5-6

2. Shawn Powell, Florida State/6-4 ¾ /248/5.06

Terrific all-around punter that has a big leg and can tilt field position. Is a three-step punter, which may need to be changed. Averaged 47 yards (42.2 net) as a senior. Can hold on place kicks. Durability a question.

Projected round: 6-7

3. Drew Butler, Georgia/6-1/203/5.00

Son of former long-time NFL kicker Kevin Butler (Bears, Cardinals). Very good leg and consistent hang time at the Senior Bowl. Not a great athlete. Hasn’t held on kicks. Averaged 44.2 on punts as a senior.

Projected round: 6-7

4. Brad Nortman, Wisconsin/6-2 ½ /213/4.94

Averaged 42.2 yards in his final season. Solid all-around but not exceptional leg strength on field goals. Can kickoff. Accustomed to bad weather.

Projected round: 7-FA

5. Brian Stahovich, San Diego State/6-0/211/4.85

Averaged 43.8 per punt as a senior. Excels at hang time, which allows punt coverage. A little slow getting the ball off. Likely a practice squad candidate.

Projection: Free agent

LONG SNAPPERS

1. Nick Guess, Tennessee/6-2 ½ /232/4.90/FA

2. Josh Harris, Auburn/6-0 ½ /232/4.80/FA

3. Braedyn Eagle, Portland State/6-1 ½ /240/5.18/FA

4. Kyle Wojta, Wisconsin/6-1/230/4.82/FA

5. Matt Camilli, UTEP/6-3 1/2 /239/5.08/FA

Greg A. Bedard can be reached at gbedard@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @gregabedard.

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