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this is a discussion within the NFL Community Forum; JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars made one of the NFL draft's strangest calls Friday night by selecting Cal punter Bryan Anger in the third round. Anger is the highest punter drafted since 1995, when the Chicago Bears chose ...

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Old 04-29-2012, 05:05 AM   #1
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Jaguars mocked for drafting punter in third round

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars made one of the NFL draft's strangest calls Friday night by selecting Cal punter Bryan Anger in the third round.

Anger is the highest punter drafted since 1995, when the Chicago Bears chose Todd Sauerbrun in the second round. Anger averaged more than 44 yards a punt in 2011, and had at least one punt of 50 yards or more in 11 games.

Impressive stats, but taking him in the third round over players who certainly would have a chance to get on the field more often than a punter seems questionable at best, but general manager Gene Smith said Anger "clearly will make an impact on our football team."

The Jaguars compared Anger to Oakland's Shane Lechler and NFL great Ray Guy, the best in the league today and arguably the NFL's best all time. Lechler was a fifth-round pick in 2000.

But that did little to quell a fan base outraged by the pick. It overshadowed the first two rounds in which Jacksonville made two solid selections - Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon and Clemson defensive end Andre Branch - and was widely mocked.

The move even surprised Anger.

"I was hopeful that I could get the chance to get picked up early, but I really had no clue," Anger said. "I didn't know they liked me that much."

Smith and new coach Mike Mularkey defended the pick as best they could.

"I'd rather take a starter over a backup, especially at a position where you can gain tremendous field position if you've got a guy with a leg like Bryan's," Smith said.


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I actually think its a good move, field position is so crucial and here you have a guy who migt be your starter for the next 10-12 years, maybe longer.

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Old 04-29-2012, 05:19 AM   #2
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Morestead was our pick in the 5th round was it?

I'd go out on a limb and say that was one of the best picks we have done, mainly due to the fact that morestead broke the record for touchbacks, executed his first onside kick in the biggest game in franchise history.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:55 AM   #3
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Someone is going to take Brad Wing in the first round then.
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Someone is going to take Brad Wing in the first round then.
... could happen.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:47 AM   #5
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Why would you select a punter in the 3rd round when you have much greater needs like the Jags do?
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Why would you select a punter in the 3rd round when you have much greater needs like the Jags do?
Now you're getting it.
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I don't dislike punters near as much as you do Danno, but in the 3rd? Really?
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I don't dislike punters near as much as you do Danno, but in the 3rd? Really?
I don't dislike Punters, I just know that they are the least important position on the team.

When you need LB's, DE's, DT's, CB's, OG's, OT's, WR's, and TE's, you don't burn a pick on a draft frigging Punter.

You draft punters extremely late, and/or when you have extra picks, or as UDFA's, as every team this century has done.
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At least they didn't take a place kicker in the 1st. Somewhere al Davis is still laughing about that
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Did Al Davis make that pick ? A punter ?
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