Eddy Pineiro K, Florida
6’0”, 185 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.84
2017 3rd-team AP All-American
2017 2nd-team AP All-SEC
Nation’s most accurate field goal kicker in 2017, making 17 of 18 for 94.4 percent
Most accurate kicker in Florida history, making 88.4 percent of his field goal attempts
Made all five of his field goal attempts from 50-plus yards in 2017
Was 5-for-5 on kicks of 50 yards or more in college career
Made 91 percent of his kicks from 40 and in over in college career
Drilled 75 percent of his career kickoffs for touchbacks
- Didn’t miss a field goal after a miss in Week 1 in 2017 (hot)
- Has huge leg to kick the ball a long way
- Has the accuracy to make field goals from long distances
- Just getting started in football, tremendous upside
- Performs well in pressure situations
- Mechanics are a work in progress
- Soccer player still getting to know the game of football
The Raiders parted ways with Sebastian Janikowski and don’t know exactly what they have in Giorgio Tavecchio. The Raiders are known for having field goal kickers with big legs that can get it done under pressure so Pineiro is a candidate. It also helps that he was 5th-round punter Johnny Townsend’s teammate at Florida.
This is important because punters are the holders for field goals and he’s been doing that for Pineiro for two years now. Remember, it took some time for Janikowski and Marquette King to get it together after King took over for departed Shane Lechler.
From all the offseason moves, we can see the spirit of Al Davis is still with the Raiders. In offensive tackle Kolton Miller and defensive tackles P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst, the Raiders drafted three men over 300 pounds that run sub-5-flat 40s. And in a draft trade, they got Martavis Bryant, one of the fastest men in the NFL.
Just as Al Davis did in 2000 with Lechler, the Raiders drafted a punter in the fifth round in Florida’s Johnny Townsend, who led the nation in gross punting average the last two years. Then they were able to bring in Pineiro, a big-legged kicker, as an undrafted free agent.
How big is his leg?
Here he is drilling one from 81 yards out in practice.
Raiders newest UDFA Kicker our of Florida Eddy Piniero sinks an 81 yard field goal! He was ranked the second best kicker in the nation dispite going undrafted. I'd say Tevecchio definitely has some STRONG competition.Posted by Raiders All Out on Monday, April 30, 2018
Giorgio Tavecchio better watch out.