It isn't often that a kicker of Keading's ability is available. As a Hawkeye he scored more points than any other kicker in University of Iowa history (360) and set school records for consecutive field goals (22) and extra points (60). Over his last two seasons he missed on only four of his 45 field-goal attempts and connected on all five of his tries over 50 yards. Plus, 40 of his 71 kicks in his senior season were touchbacks.
Could those impressive numbers get him selected on the first day of the draft? Perhaps. Given the ever-growing importance of special teams, a good kicker could be the difference between a win and a loss for a team in several games over the course of the season. Last year in the NFL 58 games were decided by a field goal or less.