The Cowboys used their first sixth-round pick to take kicker Nick Folk of Arizona. I know that he won’t wear #12 with the Cowboys, but otherwise, I’m not familiar with him.
UPDATE: Michael David Smith from footballoutsiders.com says that he thinks Folk was a quality pick and will take over the kicking duties next year.
The kicking situation in Dallas was a mess last year, as the Cowboys gave Mike Vanderjagt a $2.5 million signing bonus but cut him before the year was out. Arizona kicker Nicholas Folk, chosen by the Cowboys 178th overall, should earn the kicking job in Dallas this year.
Here is a quick blurb from Scout.com:
Handled the full-time kicking and punting duties last season, winning All-Conference honors. Connected on 75% of his field goals last year with a long of 52 yards. Averaged 44 yards on 74 punts, including a long of 78 yards.
Strong-legged kicker with an inconsistent game. Drives punts down field, kicks moon shots that get great hang time, and gives coverage teams an opportunity to make plays downfield. Consistent field goal kicker inside 40 yards.
Struggles when rushed as a punter and does not quickly get the ball off his foot. Has difficulty with directional kicking and is not effective as a pooch punter. Kickoffs do not get great height.