Pat O’Donnell is First Punter Off the Board

In the 6th round of the NFL Draft today, the Bears took punter Pat O’Donnell from the University of Miami at 191st overall. The 6’5″, 220 pound punter is one of the best in this draft. He bench pressed a fantastic 23 reps at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. He had a solid 47.1 yards AVG per punt in his last year at Miami, setting a school record. His longest punt of the year was a fantastic 71 yards. His best year came in 2011 when he had career highs in total yards, longest punt, kicks inside the 20, and most punts. He has not missed a game since 2009, when he was a freshman. The only reason he missed 9 games that year was because he wasn’t the starting punter. He even had a forced fumble this year.

The Bears drafting a punter is not surprising. After releasing the under performing Adam Podlesh, they needed another punter to come in and be the starter. O’Donnell should bring a spark to the Bears punting position. Expect good things from this kid.

Image from fansided.com

Image from fansided.com

First Round Review

Well, the first round of the draft has come and gone. As one might predict, no punters were taken in the first round. That doesn’t mean the Koffin Korner can’t take a look back at what happened.

The 1st pick was DE Jadeveon Clowney. This was expected. He’s got all the intangibles, but his work ethic is still a question. As Warren Sapp of the NFL Network said, “He doesn’t play with his hair on fire.”

T Greg Robinson went to the Rams at the 2nd pick. The Rams got a franchise tackle that will protect Sam Bradford for years to come.

The first surprise of the night came at the 3rd pick with the Jaguars. They took QB Blake Bortles in a move no one predicted. Does Blake have a good supporting cast to help him out? Ah… no.

In one of the Browns myriad of moves last night, they traded their 4th pick to the Bills. The Bills then took WR Sammy Watkins in a move that is sure to fire EJ Manuel up!

The Raiders got their team star in LB/DE Khalil Mack at the 5th pick. The silver and black now have a guy who can play on the defensive line or linebacker.

The Falcons took T Jake Matthews with the 6th pick. They were in dire need of offensive line talent.

The Buccaneers took WR Mike Evans with the 7th pick. A strong, quick receiver who will pair nicely with Vincent Jackson. Does the fact they didn’t draft a QB say they have faith in Josh McCown?

The Vikings came on the clock at the 8th pick with QB Johnny Manziel still on the board. This had to be the team he’d go to right? Uh… no. They traded their pick to the Browns. So, this must be the team! Uh… no. The Browns took CB Justin Gilbert in a move that gives them a corner to go opposite Joe Haden. Smart move at the 8th pick.

The Vikings took the 9th pick in the trade with the Browns. Once again, this must be Manziel! Uh… no. They drafted LB Anthony Barr in a move that shocked a lot of people including me. He’s got talent and should be good, but this might have been a reach.

At 10, the Lions took to the clock with a chance to get more offensive firepower or go defense. Defense is what they need, but they made a good pick in TE Eric Ebron. Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria, and Eric Ebron. That’s scary!

At 11, the Titans could have taken Johnny Manziel, but like everybody else, kept moving. They took T Taylor Lewan in a good move to strengthen their O-Line.

With the 12th pick, the Giants took WR Odell Beckam. With Hakeem Nicks gone, this was a good move to strengthen the WR core.

The Rams came back on the clock at 13 with a chance to draft Manziel! They’d do it right? No way Jose. They instead drafted DT Aaron Donald. This means they have Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, and Chris Long? Lord help us.

The Bears added CB Kyle Fuller at number 14. Good move to get a good corner back there to help out in pass coverage against guys like Aaron Rodgers.

At 15, the Steelers took LB Ryan Shazier. He’s a fast LB that will give them a good duo with Shazier and Lawrence Timmons.

The 16th pick was the Cowboys and Manziel was still on the board! Jerry Jones knows how many jerseys he can sell with that pick. (Shout out to Mitchell Williamson for that line) Can Jerry maintain self control? Can he? Yes he can. The Cowboys took T/G Zack Martin. The Cowboys now have a young line in Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Martin. Good move Jerry. I applaud you for being smart.

At 17, the Ravens took ILB CJ Mosley. Good move to get a solid ILB to be the franchise’s future at that position.

The 18th pick and Manziel was still up there. The Jets would surely bring Manziel to New York! Nope. They drafted S Calvin Pryor. Interesting move. Pryor’s solid, but the Jets need CB’s.

At 19, the Dolphins took T Ja’Wuan James. This was definite head scratcher. Major reach by the Dolphins.

At 20, the rich got richer. The Saints picked the quick and elusive WR Brandin Cooks after a trade with the Cardinals.

At 21, the Packers took the best nickname in the entire draft. S Hasean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix will be a major help in covering passes from the NFC elite in the cold of January.

22 came and went with excitement. The Eagles were on the clock, but elected to trade their pick to the Browns. The Browns made the move we all expected and took QB Johnny Manziel. As he flashed the money sign, one had to wonder, will his game translate? We’ll have to see.

At 23, the Chiefs took DE Dee Ford. He’s a solid player who will be a day one starter for the Chiefs.

At 24, the Bengals took CB Darqueze Dennard. He’s a good player who dropped a bit. A definite steal for the Bengals.

At 25, the Chargers took CB Jason Verrett. You need corners to defend passes from Peyton Manning.

At 26, the Eagles took a definite surprise in LB Marcus Smith. This was definitely a reach. Is he 1st round pick talent?

At 27, one had to wonder if the Cardinals would draft Teddy Bridgewater. They opted to go defense and drafted S Deone Buchanon. Patrick Peterson, Deone Buchanon, and Tyrann Mathieu? That’s scary.

At 28, the Panthers gave a weak WR core some talent by taking WR Kelvin Benjamin. He’s a big, physical beast.

At 29, the Patriots took DT Dominique Easley. He’s a young face that can be mentored by Vince Wilfork.

At 30, the 49ers took S Jimmy Ward. He’ll make a nice tandem with Eric Reid.

At 31, the Broncos helped out a defense that gave up 43 points in the super bowl. They selected CB Bradley Roby in a solid move.

At 32, the Seahawks could have taken whoever they wanted. Do they have a real weakness? Seeing no one they liked, they opted to trade out of the round. The Vikings took their spot and drafted QB Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater is a good kid who’s going to make people pay. Watch out for this guy. He’ll be going to pro bowls for years to come.

 

Punter NFL Draft Preview

The NFL Draft kicks off in less than 48 hours. While we won’t see punters go day 1 or 2, there should be a good stock for day 3. This is your official punter preview.

Steven Clark

Steven Clark is Mel Kiper’s top punter prospect this year. He has been in the running for the Ray Guy Award for three straight years. With only five punts actually returned this year when he punted, this guy could be a future star.

College: Auburn

Height: 6’5′

Weight: 230

Projection: Day 3 pick. Don’t be surprised if a team like the Steelers go after him. They’re known for their poor punting situation right now.

Solid Day 3 Pick Image from theplainsman.com

Solid Day 3 Pick
Image from theplainsman.com

 

Kirby Van Der Kamp

As a punter, experience is key and Van Der Kamp has just that. He started as a true freshman and never lost the position. He holds a big 12 record of most punts and was the team captain in 2013. His experience being a captain means he can be a leader which is invaluable on a punt team.

College: Iowa State

Height: 6’3′

Weight: 202

Projection: He’s a personal favorite of mine mostly for his experience and leadership ability as a former captain. If he gets drafted, he’ll be a late day 3 pick. Accuracy is also pretty good. The only question is his leg strength.

Image from amestrib.com

Image from amestrib.com

 

Pat O’Donnell

He went to the University of Miami and handled punting and kickoff duties. His versatility in that regard will help him in the NFL. He had a fantastic 47.1 AVG this past year. He has good leg strength, but his ratio of punts/IN20 is not all that good. Out of 53 punts, he had 11 go IN20.

College: The U

Height: 6’5′

Weight: 220

Projection: He will most likely be an undrafted free agent in this year’s draft. He should get his chance with a team and just might impress.

Pat O'Donnell