ATHENS - Blair Walsh's rough senior season may not have cost him much money after all.
The Georgia kicker was picked in the sixth round of the NFL draft, by the Minnesota Vikings, 175th overall. Walsh was the third kicker to be drafted.
The Vikings do have a kicker, Ryan Longwell, but he is 37 years old and is coming off a sub-par year. (He was 22-for-28 on field goals.)
Walsh struggled as a senior, after being a Lou Groza award finalist for two straight years. He made 90 percent of his field goal attempts in 2010 and 2011, then went 15-for-23 this year, including a miss that ended Georgia's hopes in the Outback Bowl.
“You let it go. It’s in the past," Walsh said in March on UGA's pro scouting day. "That was the first part of this process, and this is the second part, and I think right now I’m acing the second part. You gotta continue to get better, it’s nowhere near done. Plenty of workouts coming. You’ve gotta be ready for when a team takes you or signs you, you’ve gotta be ready to go in that camp and succeed.”
Georgia punter Drew Butler was expected to be drafted as well.