Let's talk punter

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  1. lklrlolnlilklsox

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    I realize it's not a sexy position and most here would probably consider a pick spent on a P to be a waste, but I very much would like to draft one of this year's booming legs. It's been entirely too long since we had a stud punting the ball and winning field position for us, and it's way too important to just hand the competition to Butthead's waiver wire kid and some UDFA's regardless of league track record for non-draftees at the spot. Thoughts? Would you all like to see us spend a pick on Van Der Kamp, O'Donnell or Hornsey?
     
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    Good topic, thanks for bringing it up. I would like to see an UDFA or 2 brought in. Likely we won't have to draft one because usually no more than 5 get taken. Should be relevantly easy to find one that could stick. But hey, if Emery feels confident with our first 6 picks then yeah a punter could be the last one. Let's just not pull a Jaguars and draft one in the 3rd round :36 1 19[1]:
     
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    The way I look at it, we would be lucky to draft immediate help on ST in the sixth, so why not grab a truly important and lacking piece to the ST puzzle?
     
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    While I agree that Drew Butler (43.8 avg yds) is definitely not an upgrade over Podlesh (42.5 avg yds), I don't think it would be wise to spend a draft pick on a punter. We still have too many holes to fill. Give Butler a shot.

    A punter won't cost you a game, but a bad player on offense or defense will. Look at it this way, if our offense is good enough we don't need a punter anyway.
     
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    I respectfully disagree. You give a team a short field to work with consistently and they're always knocking on your door and your defense has their back against the wall all day. You pin them deep and often and they're going to have to earn every touchdown and your defense can pin their ears back a bit and get after it. While you cannot discount any player picked anywhere (Hall of Famers from #1 overall to UDFA's) but is a 6th rounder really going to be the difference maker on this defense? If we can get a "franchise" punter (as silly as that sounds) in the later rounds who's going to be booming the ball deep all season for years to come.. sign me up. I admit until lklrlolnlilklsox brought it up it hadn't even crossed my mind, but I'd be very okay with getting a great punter. Helps our defense and offense, shorter fields for the offense = more points. I'm all for it if the right guy is there in the right round.

    Also, as good as our #2 scoring offense was last year, I can only recall one game where we didn't require a punter. It's a rarity rather than the norm. Though, I realize you were probably somewhat kidding.
     
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    LOL! how bout we don't and say we did?!
     
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    Van der kamp works for me
     
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    If we just use the same special teams strategy from the Dallas game last year where we did not punt at all than all this punter talk is mute!

    I think this is filled with an undrafted free agent or by another team's camp leg once cuts start and won't be decided until the last cut before 53-man roster is named. With definite starters needed (and a lot of depth) yet on defense I cannot see Emery using a pick for a punter unless we trade down and pick up a handful late round picks.
     
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    Vet minimum for zoltan mesko, he is experienced in the cold and he kicks lefty (st coach preference)...I'd much rather use the 6th round picks on players that fell with medical issues and give them a chance to be healthy...just my opinion though
     
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    I was never a big fan of Podlesh, he was good at kicking it a mile high so that it was not returnable, but never capable of kicking it deep, even if that meant keeping it a little lower.

    If there is a kid out there that can boom it, then he can and will have an impact. So I do not think it would be a waste of a pick, but doing it before the 5th round might have an opportunity cost (missing out on a more impactful player).

    I do tend to agree that a very good punter can make a defense look better than it is. And the opposite can also be true.

    Special teams (punt team) was not very good last year. Butler and the new long snapper will likely be given every chance, but I would not be upset if they picked a punter.
     

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