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Punters - The Unappreciated Position

 

Punters - The Unappreciated Position

 

I have to admit it, the only position I have never thought too much about until last year is the Punter. Denver has always had a decent Punting crew with great players such as Mike Horan and Tom Rouen. Heck, even Todd Sauerbrun had a good punt, he just had other problems. Up until last year, we have always been at least decent.

The last few years though, it seems as if our punting crew fell off the face of the planet. I liked Colquitt and Kern for their preseason job, but when it came to the real season, Kern could not hold up to his prior performance. That is when they brought in Mitch Berger, which wasn't any better than the others. In my opinion, Berger is past his prime and is in serious need of retirement.

I am not saying Mitch Berger is a horrible punter, but after seeing how this has affected the Denver Broncos last year, this has become a bigger concern to me. Berger is not bad, but I want better. I am not saying I want Shane Lechler (Stupid Raiders), but I want a better punter than is current, so I need to look at who is available and what we need to do to get any of these punters.

The only punter in free agency that is worth anything whatsoever is Daniel Sepulveda and his stats are about the same as Berger’s. I think the only route the broncos could possibly go would be to draft a young fresh punter that is going to be the punter of the future. I know, nobody ever calls a punter the punter of the future, but give me some credit, I mean I am writing an article on punters......

Player

G

GS

Punts

Yds

Net Yds

Lng

Avg

Net Avg

IN 20

TB

FC

Ret

RetY

TD

Mitch Berger

10

0

51

2,142

1,933

65

42.0

37.9

13

2

12

23

169

0

Shane Lechler

16      

0

96

4,909

4,210

70

51.1

43.9

30

12

13

63

459

0

Daniel Sepulveda

16

0

72

3,074

2,669

60

42.7

37.1

29

4

18

33

325

0

Punters in the draft

The stats I could find for the players in the draft were not as in depth as the ones for the NFL players, but we can see what we have to work with anyway. There are a couple of decent players in the draft that are potentially worthwhile to consider.

Player

PUNTS

Avg.

YDS

LONG

Projected Round

Matt Dodge

73

43.9

3207

73

5-6

Jeremy Boone

53

43.3

2296

66

6

Zoltan Mesko

52

44.5

2312

66

6-7

My personal opinion is to wait until the 6th round and see how things are going with punters. Zoltan makes a tempting target for me (not just because I like his name) because he is a great punter and very underrated for his position and who doesn’t love the name Zoltan. He is a big guy (6’5" 236 lbs) and can definitely boom out the punts. I am sure he needs some additional assistance from a more experienced punter in the NFL. He has a lot of upside and not so much on the downside; he is big enough to make a tackle in the open field if needed and strong enough to get the ball downfield. For a 7th round pick, he might be worth a look.

 

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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