Punters aren’t given much thought in conversations about the NFL Draft but if one were to ask Chad Reuter of NFL.com, there is one in particular at that position who could be drafted this year.
That man is Texas A&M senior punter Drew Kaser and based on Reuter’s analysis, it’s hard to argue with him.
Nearly every year, one punter hears his name called in the top 200 picks; it could be Kaser (6-3, 210) in 2016 because he possesses the leg strength and hang time to consistently change field position. He was a Ray Guy Award finalist in 2013 after leading the SEC with a 47.4 yard average (beating perennial Pro Bowler Shane Lechler‘s school record), and had a nice follow-up season in 2014 (44.5 yard average, 19 of 56 punts inside the 20).
There’s no doubt that punters are important, as teams that are ahead in a close game that have to give up the ball on 4th down would prefer to pin the opposing team deep in its own territory, and punters are capable of doing just that. That said, if Kaser has another strong season and there is a team in the late rounds that could use an upgrade at punter, they should not hesitate to select him in hopes that he can improve their special teams.
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