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Road to the NFL Draft: Ka’Imi Fairbairn

Position: Kicker.

School: UCLA.

Combine measurables: 5-foot-11, 183 pounds.

Combine stats: Did not participate.

Career stats: 53 games, 209 of 214 extra points (97.7 percent), 68 of 89 field goals (76.4 percent), 413 points.

Draft projection: Seventh round.

Lowdown: The 2015 Lou Groza Award winner as the nation’s best kicker, Fairbairn leaves UCLA as the all-time leading scorer in both school and Pac-12 Conference history. He became the first member of the Bruins to total at least 100 points in all four of his seasons, with 107 as a senior, when he went 20 of 24 on field-goal attempts. After failing to make a kick from beyond 50 yards in his first three seasons, Fairbairn made 2 of 3 attempts from that distance in 2015, including a school-record 60-yarder against Cal. … He also has a strong leg for kickoffs, converting touchbacks on 119 of 164 attempts (72.6 percent) in his final two seasons. … Set a school record by making 41 straight field goals from 35 yards or shorter to end his career. … Never had a kick blocked with the Bruins. … Per NFL.com, Fairbairn’s legal first name is Ka’iminoeauloameka’ikeokekumupa’a.

They said it: “He just continued to ascend and grow and stay confident, stay focused and work at his craft and now he’s become this remarkably consistent” kicker “that we depend on, that we trust, that everyone respects.” – UCLA coach Jim Mora.

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday.

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