As the NFL draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Clemson punter Bradley Pinion:
High school: Northwest Cabarrus, Concord, N.C.
ALL-USA history: Named to the American Family Insurance second team in 2011. Averaged 46.1 yards per punt as a senior but is most well-known for his 100-yard kickoff at a camp for high school kickers in 2011.
Height, weight: 6-6, 235 pounds
By the numbers: In his last two seasons at Clemson, Pinion had 52 punts downed inside the 20 with only two touchbacks. He turned pro after his junior year.
Draft positives: A right-footed punter with a long, angular frame. Was a good overall athlete in high school, where he played basketball and was a soccer goalkeeper for four years. Pinion also was the kickoff specialist for the Tigers the last two seasons.
Draft negatives: Continued quickness on get-off and ball placement on directional kicks.
Projection: Round 6/7
What he says: “It has always been my dream to play in the NFL, and I just feel the timing is right for me to turn professional.”
Draft analysis by Dan Shonka, Ourlads.com