Update on Cowboys draftee David Buehler
I’ve learned it’s pronounced BEE-ler and not BYOO-ler. So, alas, we must say goodbye to the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off jokes.
I’ve been told by a sports reporter in Texas there might be two things about Buehler that could delegate him to kickoffs only:
1. During the NFL Combine, he wasn’t very accurate on field goals.
2. During his career with USC, he converted on only 1 of every 4 field goals against cross-town rival UCLA (some would suggest using the term rival loosely since UCLA hasn’t had a great football team since, well, I don’t remember the last time), which suggests he doesn’t handle pressure very well. Also, there haven’t exactly been a lot of pressure kicks for him since USC–during the Pete Carroll Era–wins most of its games. Easily.
Still, here are two important factors to consider: the number of touchbacks current Cowboys kicker Nick Folk had last year: ZERO.
Number of reps Buehler had at bench pressing 225 pounds at the NFL Combine: 25. His teammate, Rey Maualuga? 23. Buehler’s 25 reps bested two 6’5″, 309-pound first-round picks (Virginia’s offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, selected eighth by Jacksonville and Mississippi’s offensive guard Michael Oher, selected by Baltimore) and equaled 6’2″, 254-pound Wake Forest inside linebacker Aaron Curry, who was taken fourth overall by the Seattle Seahawks.