Rd 7, P255: Trenton Gill, P - N.C. State

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Cool. Hopefully he translates to the NFL pretty seamlessly.
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Pair him with Velus as a gunner and you may have something. :-D
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Dane Brugler's fourth-rated punter. That's all I've got.

Don't draft kickers.
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thunderspirit wrote: Sun May 01, 2022 5:04 pm Dane Brugler's fourth-rated punter. That's all I've got.

Don't draft kickers.
I've heard that opinion before and you are entitled to it, but I think a blanket prohibition on ever drafting a kicker is awfully extreme.

It don't bother me one bit to draft a kicker with your very last pick out of a dozen players so long as the kid turns out to be a great punter, stays healthy and sticks around for a decade.

Just my takeaway.
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Anyone else noticing an extra step he takes before his ball release? Seems to me his time to get a punt off is slow.
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pus wrote: Sun May 01, 2022 9:20 pm
thunderspirit wrote: Sun May 01, 2022 5:04 pm
Don't draft kickers.
I've heard that opinion before and you are entitled to it, but I think a blanket prohibition on ever drafting a kicker is awfully extreme.

It don't bother me one bit to draft a kicker with your very last pick out of a dozen players so long as the kid turns out to be a great punter, stays healthy and sticks around for a decade.

Just my takeaway.
They don't usually last for a decade (although some below are too new to have the chance yet), but they are a vastly better bet than kickers.

We've had posts about how rarely drafted kickers actually stick with the team that selected them. But for punters (drafted 2007-2018):


5 12 149 Michael Dickson Seahawks Texas 4 4
5 35 172 JK Scott Packers Alabama 3 3
5 36 173 Johnny Townsend Raiders Florida 1 1
7 29 247 Logan Cooke Jaguars Mississippi State 4 4
6 4 179 Drew Kaser Chargers Texas A&M 2 1
7 7 228 Riley Dixon Broncos Syracuse 6 2
7 14 235 Lac Edwards Jets Sam Houston State 5 4
5 29 165 Bradley Pinion 49ers Clemson 7 4
6 15 191 Pat O'Donnell Bears Miami (FL) 8 8
5 22 155 Jeff Locke Vikings UCLA 4 4
5 32 165 Sam Martin Lions Appalachian State 9 7
3 7 70 Bryan Anger Jaguars California 10 4
6 37 207 Brad Nortman Panthers Wisconsin 6 4
5 19 150 Zoltan Mesko Patriots Michigan 3.5 3
6 3 172 Brent Bowden Buccaneers Virginia Tech 0 0
7 14 221 Matt Dodge Giants East Carolina 1 1
5 6 142 Kevin Huber Bengals Cincinnati 13 13
5 28 164 Thomas Morstead Saints Southern Methodist 13 12
7 13 222 Pat McAfee Colts West Virginia 8 8
6 2 168 Durant Brooks Redskins Georgia Tech 0.5 0.5
4 2 101 Adam Podlesh Jaguars Maryland 7 4
4 13 112 Daniel Sepulveda Steelers Baylor 3.5 3.5
7 15 225 Brandon Fields Dolphins Michigan State 8 8


21/23 (91%) are at least a full season starter for the drafting team
14/23 (61%) start their entire rookie season contract

Granted, punters aren't generally huge contributors, but most other positions in rounds 5-7 don't even make the 53 man roster at a those kind of rates (91/61)
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I don't have anything against drafting a punter in the 7th as a compensatory pick. His punting style seems odd. No hangtime, very direct. Maybe that's the way of the future? I dunno.
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This feels like a throwaway pick, but it's whatever. Weatherford is a vet and "should" win the job.
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wab wrote: Mon May 02, 2022 11:15 am This feels like a throwaway pick, but it's whatever. Weatherford is a vet and "should" win the job.
I'm disappointed they had a need, spent a pick, and only got what's roughly considered the 4th best P in the draft.

But, the incumbent (Winslow) has been on 4 teams for a total of 6 games in 3 years and is pretty bad. I'll definitely bet Gill over him.
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Normally I'd say don't draft a punter unless the kid is terrific in college because he more typically won't be that good in the NFL. But with a pick that was what, 5 picks away from Mr. Irrelevant? Sure. Why not. We needed more than one in camp anyway.
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Only allowed to draft specialists if its after your 10th pick and within the last 20 picks of draft.

I'll allow this.
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I say draft a punter every 4 years with your 7th round pick. No sense paying vet money to a guy at the punter position.
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Well, we had megapunt. What will this guys nickname be?

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southdakbearfan wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 12:29 pm Well, we had megapunt. What will this guys nickname be?

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southdakbearfan wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 12:29 pm Well, we had megapunt. What will this guys nickname be?

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Uberpunt or Punty McPuntface
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Ditka’s dictaphone wrote: Sat May 07, 2022 2:11 am
southdakbearfan wrote: Tue May 03, 2022 12:29 pm Well, we had megapunt. What will this guys nickname be?

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Uberpunt or Punty McPuntface
I wonder if the latter might be somewhat lost on our American cousins. ;)
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