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Peter Christofilakos

K | (5-8, 174, 4.85) | Illinois
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Left school after his junior season to enter the NFL draft. Had the chance to play professional soccer in Greece at the age of 15, but turned it down to pursue his education. Was a three-year all-state soccer player at Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart-Griffin. Redshirted at Illinois in 1999 and had no statistics in 2000. Made 12-of-13 attempts in '01, with a long of 38 yards, connected on each of his 29 PATs and led the Big Ten in FG accuracy. Was named second-team All-Big Ten and was a Lou Groza award semifinalist. Made 9-of-12 FG tries in '02 and all 40 PATs.

Positives: Great accuracy, from 40 yards and in, and has solid soccer-style mechanics. Approach and technique are quick and fluid. Gets good and immediate lift.

Negatives: Doesn't have an NFL leg or the range to become a long field-goal kicker or kickoff specialist. Outside of 43 yards, accuracy fails him because he tries to get too much leg into the ball and betrays his mechanics.

Summary: If he had better 40-plus accuracy and leg strength, his decision to come out would have been understood. But Christofilakos should have gone back to school and tried to add more distance to his leg, because teams are going to go with reliable veterans, such as Gary Anderson, before an unproven rookie with only an adequate leg who probably won't kick off.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.