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.