Survivor I - Ryan Longwell Commentary
NOTE: this draft was completed on 7/24
Positives - Comments from FBG.com: One manís loss is another mans gain. Third round draft choice Brett Conway missed three field goals in a 1997 preseason game and several days later pulled a thigh muscle. Undrafted Ryan Longwell stepped in, won the job, and the rest is history. Over his career, heís scored an average of 120.4 points per year. Among veteran kickers, that puts him in the company of Vanderjagt and Elam. Longwell has been above 80% on field goals every year but one, including 88.5% and 85.7% the last two years. The Packers have also been scoring lots of touchdowns, keeping him busy on extra points in recent years (48, 51, 44, & 45). Longwell is heading into the final year of his contract year in 2005.
Negatives - Comments from FBG.com: He is not immune from a bad year. In 2001 he had a year long slump, hitting only 64.5% on field goals.
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