Chiefs’ kicker Harrison Butker is the second best kicker in the league by CBS Sports.
CBS Sports writer John Breech recently ranked the current top 10 kickers in the NFL, and Harrison Butker landed in the number two spot on his list.
Here are Breech’s rankings:
Butker was initially drafted by the Carolina Panthers, but was signed off their practice squad early in the 2017 season by the Kansas City Chiefs where he replaced kicker Cairo Santos. He’s now coming off his third season with the Chiefs where he’s had nothing but success.
Butker is coming off a season where he made 34 of 38 field goals and 45 of 48 extra points for the team. His excellent numbers this season aren’t a one time performance either. Over his three year career, Butker has made 96 of his 107 field goal attempts and 138 of 145 extra point attempts.
His career field goal percentage is a stellar 89.7%, which is the second best percentage in NFL history. Butker is only second to Breech’s top-ranked kicker, Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens, who has a 90.8% career field goal percentage.
Along with his spectacular accuracy, Butker has a crazy leg as well. Earlier this year, he posted this video to his Twitter page where he nailed a 77-yard field goal:
While obviously the conditions of a field goal on the practice field versus an in-game situation are worlds apart, it’s still an incredibly impressive feat. Butker’s longest made field goal for the Chiefs came in this last season when he hit a 56-yard attempt.
Having a good kicker is crucial in the NFL, especially in close games, and Butker has shown how dependable of a kicker he is. He earned a 5-year extension with the Chiefs last year that will keep him in Kansas City until 2024. With Butker locked up, the Chiefs won’t have to worry about kicker woes anytime soon.
While some of Breech’s other rankings are debatable, he clearly hit the nail on the head by ranking Harrison Butker at No. 2. Maybe when Butker has been in the league as long as Justin Tucker, he will be in talks as one of the best kickers in NFL history.