Patriots select kicker Justin Rohrwasser in fifth round of NFL draft

The Patriots' next kicker already has history in New England.

With pick No. 159 in the fifth round, the Patriots drafted kicker Justin Rohrwasser from Marshall. Last season, Rohrwasser made 18 of 21 field goal attempts with a long of 53 yards. He started his collegiate career not far from Gillette Stadium, playing for the University of Rhode Island.

After kicking for two seasons with the Rams, Rohrwasser transferred and finished his collegiate career at Marshall. Now, he’s headed back to the New England region, where he’ll attempt to become the next Patriots kicker in a line of historic kickers. The Patriots cut Stephen Gostkowski, the franchise's all-time leader scorer, in March.

From Clifton Park, N.Y., Rohrwasser never missed an extra point attempt in high school for Catholic Central. At URI, Rohrwasser had success instantly. As a freshman, he led the Rams in scoring with 43 points and made 9 of 13 field goal attempts. Rohrwasser went 6-of-7 on field goals and 23-of-24 on extra points as a sophomore. That year, he set a Rhode Island record for points in a game by a kicker with 14 (three field goals and five extra points).

Rohrwasser transferred to Marshall and sat out the 2017 season. In 2018, he made 15 of 21 field goals attempts with a long of 40. He also made 44 of 46 of his extra point attempts and averaged 61.0 yards per kickoff.

This past year was the best of his collegiate career. Rohrwasser made 86% of his field goals, including a 50 and 53 yarders. He also averaged 60.1 yards per kickoff. He earned Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year honors, first team all-conference honors and was Marshall’s Special Teams MVP. At his Pro Day this spring, Rohrwasser made 12 of 13 field goal attempts with a long of 58 yards. His only miss was at 66 yards, which went wide right.

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