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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Draft Preview: Jared Roberts

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Colorado State's Jared Roberts. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Roberts' profile page on the Rams' website:

2014 Senior Season
  • Voted honorable-mention all-Mountain West by vote of coaches and media
  • set the CSU and Mountain West record converting 111 consecutive PATs
  • has scored 270 points in his career, the third-most all-time by a CSU player.
  • Made a 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to help seal the season-opening victory over Colorado (Aug. 29)... this was enough to earn Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week honors
  • Connected on field goals of 46 and 52 yards, as well as the game-winning 46-yarder as time expired to defeat Utah State (Oct. 18)... earned his second Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week honor of the season
2013 Junior Season
  • Lou Groza Award semifinalist who earned first-team All-Mountain West honors by vote of coaches and media
  • Roberts tallied 121 points for the Rams, the most by a CSU kicker in a single season
  • Connected on a 52-yard field goal at New Mexico (Nov. 16), the 10th-longest field goal in program history and the first field goal of 50 or more yards by a CSU kicker since 2008
  • For the second time in three weeks, connected on a 50-plus yard field goal...vs. Air Force (Nov. 30) hit a career-long 54-yard field goal as time expired on the first half, the 6th-longest field goal in school history and the longest since C.W. Hurst's 54-yarder vs. New Mexico State on Oct. 2, 1999
  • In a 59-42 win over Nevada (Nov. 9) earned Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week and was named one of three "Stars of the Week," a national weekly award presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission...connected on all three field goals (20, 23 and 46), tying a career high and was perfect on three PAT attempts
  • Went 4-for-4 in the 2013 Gildan New Mexico Bowl vs. Washington State (Dec. 21), including hitting a game-winning 41-yard field goal as time expired to give the Rams a 48-45 victory
2012 Sophomore Season
  • Was put on scholarship Aug. 23, just nine days before the season opener
  • named second-team All-Mountain West.
  • In his first collegiate game vs. Colorado (Sept. 1), connected on all three of his field goal attempts including kicks of 49 and 47 yards... The performance against the Buffaloes earned him Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week
  • In a home victory against UNLV (Nov. 10), hit two field goals, including a 49-yarder which was the longest by a Ram kicker since Jason Smith hit a 52-yarder at Utah on Oct. 18, 2008... His performance vs. UNLV notched him his second Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Was named a weekly team captain before hitting a perfect 6-for-6 PATs in a home victory over Hawai'i (Oct. 27)
High School
  • Lettered four years in soccer and twice in football at J.K. Mullen High School.
  • selected to Centennial League first team in 2009
  • named special teams MVP by his teammates and coaching staff senior year


College Stats:
2014: 12 of 20 (60.0%) FGs; 57 of 58 PATs; 93 points
2013: 21 of 24 (87.5%) FGs; 58 of 58 PATs; 121 points
2012: 9 of 10 (90.0%) FGs; 29 of 31 PATs; 56 points

Last month at the NFL Scouting Combine, Roberts discussed kicking in the Rocky Mountains:
“A lot of people don’t realize we’re in Fort Collins, which still is at altitude but not like Denver. But I’ve had big kicks at sea level, too. We played at San Jose State; I had a 53-yarder there. So, you know, I think I have enough kicks on film to show that I have a big leg in Denver, but also at sea level....

It’s an interesting transition right now because all 32 teams are possible employers. I was born and raised in the John Elway era so with the championship teams and stuff, but I’m a fan of wherever I’ll be next season. Right now, that’s me moving forward."

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