Taylor Mehlhaff
No. --     Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-08-25) August 25, 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth: Aberdeen, South Dakota
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 178
Debuted in 2008 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Field goals     3-4 (75%)
Extra points     9-10 (90%)
Field goal long     44
Stats at NFL.com

Taylor Mehlhaff (born August 25, 1985) is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin where he was a First Team All-American.

Mehlhaff has also been a member of the Minnesota Vikings and Hartford Colonials. Mehlhaff helped coach the Specialists at the University of Wisconsin before signing a contract with the Hartford Colonials.

Mehlhaff currently is at the University of Tennessee as Special Teams Quality Control. He also conducts private lessons and hosts Kicking & Punting camps around the country for aspiring college athletes.

High School career[edit | edit source]

Mehlhaff was a star 4-sport athlete at Aberdeen Central High School in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He was the 2003 South Dakota Gatorade High School player of the year as Quarterback & Kicker.

Other awards include: Riddell First-Team All-American & USA Today 2nd Team All-American, 2004 Rivals.com #1 Ranked Prep Kicker in the Nation.

College career[edit | edit source]

"Taylor Mehlhaff teamed with punter Ken DeBauche to form what many experts felt was the best kicking tandem in college football in recent years." -NFLDraftScout.com

Mehlhaff was a 2-time All-Big Ten performer & 2-time University of Wisconsin Special Teams player of the year.

Other awards include: Lou Groza Award Semi-finalist, 2007 First-Team AFCA All-American & SI All-American, 2nd All-Time UW scoring leader behind former Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

New Orleans Saints[edit | edit source]

Mehlhaff was a sixth round selection by the New Orleans Saints in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Saints released Mehlhaff during final cuts after he lost out to Martin Gramatica. Mehlhaff signed a 3-year contract worth $1.3 Million.

In October 2008, Gramatica's career ended as he was placed on injured reserve, and the Saints re-signed Mehlhaff. Mehlhaff was later released in the 2008 season: the Saints replaced him with Garrett Hartley, who at the time was a rookie free agent.

Minnesota Vikings[edit | edit source]

Mehlhaff was signed to a futures contract by the Minnesota Vikings on December 31, 2008, and was waived on September 1, 2009.

Hartford Colonials[edit | edit source]

Mehlhaff kicked for the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League in 2010 finishing 10-13 on field goal attempts.

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