2013 NFL Draft Profile: Brett Maher (K)

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Brett Maher was the heir apparent to Alex Henery two years ago, but will he have success in the NFL?

Brett Maher's Nebraska career had its ups and downs. After leading the Big Ten with 19 field goals as a junior, Maher entered his senior season as a 3rd team All-American according to Phil Steele.

His All-American hopes disappeared almost instantly in the Huskers season opener against Southern Miss as Maher missed field goals of 41 and 44 yards. After the inconsistent start Maher responded by going 20-27 on the year and a perfect 59-59 on extra points. He was selected as the Big Ten Kicker of the Year in both 2011 and 2012.

The following questions might help to evaluate his NFL prospects:

What are this player’s strengths? In what ways does this player excel?

Inside of 40 yards Maher displayed decent accuracy going 33-39 in his career. That might not seem overly impressive but if his bad game against Southern Miss is removed he was an accurate 33-37 or 89%.

Maher's roller coaster 2012 season gave him a chance to prove his ability to overcome the mental challenges of a bad day. His six games with three or more field goals show he can rebound from tough stretches.

He also handled the punting duties in his two years at Nebraska averaging 43.2 yards per punt, a mark good enough for him to be named the First-Team All-Big Ten Punter in 2011.

What are his weaknesses? In what ways is he prone to struggle?

Most obvious are his inconsistent stretches. Maher at times appeared to not have his A game. His leg strength itself is not a major concern but his accuracy from deep could cause concern for NFL teams. His career long of 54 yards showed the ability to knock down long kicks but one or two misses can cost someone a job in the NFL.

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