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Cal punter Bryan Anger: “I’m pretty much guaranteed to get drafted”

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Some years no punters are taken in the NFL draft, and when punters are drafted, it’s usually late enough that they have to be a little bit nervous that they’re not going to get drafted at all. But this year there’s one punter who’s sure he’s going to be selected.

Bryan Anger, a three-time all-conference punter from Cal, says he’s very confident that some NFL team plans to take him.

“I think I’m the top guy that’s going to go,” Anger told the Bay Area News Group. “I’m pretty much guaranteed to get drafted.”

Anger says he’s so sure he’ll be drafted that he’s having a draft party where he and his friends and family can celebrate. (He is realistic enough about when he’ll be drafted that the party is on Saturday, when Rounds 4-7 take place.) Anger said he isn’t the least bit nervous that at the end of the party, after Mr. Irrelevant is chosen, he still won’t have an NFL home.

“We’ll see what really happens,” he said. “I think I’m going to be calm.”

Anger is right that he’s generally recognized as the best punter out there, after a college career in which he averaged 43.5 yards a punt and had 90 punts inside the 20-yard line. So if there’s an NFL team looking for a player with a strong leg and a strong opinion of his own pro prospects, Anger is the man.

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44 Responses to “Cal punter Bryan Anger: “I’m pretty much guaranteed to get drafted””
  1. yelix says: Apr 22, 2012 7:58 PM

    Finally, some real news.

  2. dmq13 says: Apr 22, 2012 7:58 PM

    Can he get drafted by the Broncos so he can spout off about how the loss was Peytons fault and Peyton can call him a “liquored up punter” lol

  3. talkintrashallday says: Apr 22, 2012 7:58 PM

    Jets could use another make-shift QB

  4. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 22, 2012 8:04 PM

    With the 23rd pick in the 1973 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select…..

  5. steelerhypocrite says: Apr 22, 2012 8:05 PM

    And after his party, he and 6 other Packer fans will enjoy a “Johnny Pile” while watching re-runs of some gay show like ‘Entourage’…

  6. greymares says: Apr 22, 2012 8:07 PM

    looks like “Anger” management might be in order.

  7. finfan83 says: Apr 22, 2012 8:10 PM

    That’s like being the smartest kid with down syndrome applying to go to Harvard.

  8. 7to10for6allday says: Apr 22, 2012 8:11 PM

    The lad is confident…..but I guess as long as he can boot it.

  9. jacobslatter says: Apr 22, 2012 8:16 PM

    Seventh round stud, if there is such a thing.

  10. jimmylions says: Apr 22, 2012 8:22 PM

    You make it sound like Anger’s healthy self-confidence is narcissism. What’s up with that?

    At least now I know when you say stuff about the Lions it’s nothing personal against Detroit.

  11. astrosfan75956 says: Apr 22, 2012 8:25 PM

    Dallas could take him late.

  12. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 22, 2012 8:30 PM

    But the raiders don’t have a first round pick…

  13. whythecardinals says: Apr 22, 2012 8:42 PM

    Has this dude been taking PR lessons from Mike Vanderjack? Just reading the quotes and draft day party plans, the term “fat-head” just keeps popping up…

  14. laxcoach37 says: Apr 22, 2012 8:44 PM

    No joke… It’s worth drafting a Punter, especially this Kid. He ranks in the top 150 of ALL college players. I bet a Team in need would take him in the 5th-6th. Amazing how important the Punter is in game management. Just ask the Giants.

  15. bangitfootball says: Apr 22, 2012 8:44 PM

    There he goes spouting off and putting his foot in his mouth again

  16. ncsteve83 says: Apr 22, 2012 8:50 PM

    Panthers have no punters on the roster…and the Mr. Irrelevent pick in the draft….perfect scenario.

  17. snasri8 says: Apr 22, 2012 8:52 PM

    Panthers said they will take a punter late in the draft after cutting Jason Baker. I’m guessing he’s their first choice so he should be confident.

  18. ncsteve83 says: Apr 22, 2012 8:58 PM

    Nevermind on that Mr. irrelevent pick I just mentioned. Stupid local AM radio guys said round 7 was eliminated in the new CBA and said it was in effect this year and we panthers had mr irrelevent pick.

    They said 7th round was eliminated so those guys drafted late can now go undrafted and choose a team they think they have a goid chance of making the roster on.

    Regardless the panthers still need a new punter as we have none

  19. taurusturner says: Apr 22, 2012 9:14 PM

    Panthers need a punter

  20. schmitty2 says: Apr 22, 2012 9:18 PM

    Early prediction..He overtakes Kluwe as the league’s mouthiest punter

  21. 4evrnyt says: Apr 22, 2012 9:20 PM

    With the 23rd pick in the 1973 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select…..
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    But the raiders don’t have a first round pick…
    —————————————————-

    I’m guessing neither of you has heard the name Shane Lechler before.

  22. Grinds My Gear says: Apr 22, 2012 9:24 PM

    With the 23rd pick in the 1973 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select…..
    —————————————————-
    But the raiders don’t have a first round pick…
    —————————————————-

    I’m guessing neither of you has heard the name Shane Lechler before.

    —————————————————-
    It’s a Ray Guy reference. Shane Lechler might have been better statistically, but ask anyone from that era of Ray Guy’s coffin corner.

  23. 4evrnyt says: Apr 22, 2012 9:24 PM

    This guy is a prime candidate for the Jags. They were second to last in punt avg and third to last in pinning opponents inside the 20.

    So their punter is neither accurate for strong legged. Maybe a 5th or 6th rounder for them.

  24. mianfr says: Apr 22, 2012 9:27 PM

    I don’t know if he’s had a guarantee, but that’s a lot of confidence for a person without jaw-dropping stats.

    Not that they’re bad, it’s just that they need to be excellent if you want to get drafted as a punter for sure.

  25. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 22, 2012 9:34 PM

    Of course I HAVE heard of Shane Lechler, among many other late round punters. What exactly are you trying to say?

  26. tfbuckfutter says: Apr 22, 2012 9:35 PM

    4evrnyt says: Apr 22, 2012 9:20 PM

    With the 23rd pick in the 1973 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select…..
    —————————————————-
    But the raiders don’t have a first round pick…
    —————————————————-

    I’m guessing neither of you has heard the name Shane Lechler before.
    —————————————
    The joke is that the Raiders are the only team dumb enough to draft a punter in the first round…..

    You know….if they would stop trading their 1st round picks for other teams unwanted players every year.

  27. steelerchicken says: Apr 22, 2012 9:45 PM

    Steelers could use a punter!!!

  28. kylecleric says: Apr 22, 2012 9:51 PM

    Of course he’s going to be drafted. He’s projected as a 4th or 5th round pick.

  29. discosucs2005 says: Apr 22, 2012 10:23 PM

    “I don’t know if he’s had a guarantee, but that’s a lot of confidence for a person without jaw-dropping stats.”

    Really? You’re really going to get statistically high and mighty with a punter?

  30. xchuck412x says: Apr 22, 2012 10:42 PM

    ncsteve really just said the 7th round got eliminated

  31. pftcensorssuck says: Apr 23, 2012 12:10 AM

    I already don’t like this guy.

  32. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 23, 2012 1:41 AM

    How sweet would it be to rock an NFL punter jersey with “ANGER” on the back of it?!

    Look out Chris Kluwe, you may have a challenger for “Special teamer with the biggest mouth” title.

  33. raideralex99 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:25 AM

    tfbuckfutter says:
    Apr 22, 2012 9:35 PM

    The joke is that the Raiders are the only team dumb enough to draft a punter in the first round…..

    Yup you are right … drafting the best punter of ALL-TIME and winning 3 SBs with him is dumb.

  34. mempusa says: Apr 23, 2012 8:21 AM

    I see nothing wrong with his comment. He’s right. He’s the best Punter in the draft. He’s going to get drafted. He just answered a question.

    Anyone making comments of how stupid the Raiders were for taking Ray Guy obviously forget the 3 SB’s they won during that time and how significant his role was. I bet you’re all AWESOME at Madden though!

  35. FlikeMorio says: Apr 23, 2012 8:45 AM

    Nothing will ever justify wasting a draft pick on a kicker or punter in my opinion.

  36. EJ says: Apr 23, 2012 8:49 AM

    Ray Guy was the coffin corner .king! He lived up to the first round selection that was used on him. Guy was a huge part in their SB run and proved the worth of the position.

    Buffalo needs to find the heir to Brian Moorman, maybe they will use one of their 5th round picks on this guy.

  37. voiceofrealism says: Apr 23, 2012 9:06 AM

    steelerhypocrite says:Apr 22, 2012 8:05 PM

    And after his party, he and 6 other Packer fans will enjoy a “Johnny Pile” while watching re-runs of some gay show like ‘Entourage’…
    ————————————————–
    Well, thanks for sharing your fantasy with us, Johnny.

  38. ncsteve83 says: Apr 23, 2012 10:12 AM

    xchuck412x says:
    Apr 22, 2012 10:42 PM
    ncsteve really just said the 7th round got eliminated

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    Jesus, sorry for listening to 610am in Charlotte, guess they should know what they are talking about since they get paid to do sportstalk radio. Not my fault they said the new CBA was going to eliminate the 7th round to get those guys more chance to sign with a team they choose and have a chance of making. The premiss is good, so I did not question it. And if you look at the post right below that you moron, it says I was mistaken, Blame Frank Garcia for it, he was in the NFL and he said it. I put some stock in that, but I guess even people who get PAID for sportstalk radio flub up every now and again.

  39. nathanbetz91 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:08 AM

    The funny thing about punters is they’re rarely drafted because there’s no point since the punters in the league now will stay there for decades. Unless he can catch and or throw I think he’s setting himself up for A disappointment

  40. granadafan says: Apr 23, 2012 2:33 PM

    “I don’t know if he’s had a guarantee, but that’s a lot of confidence for a person without jaw-dropping stats.”

    ===============================================

    Anger had the misfortune of kicking under some really awful special teams coaches at CAL. Despite that, he was able to get off monster kicks with great hang time until the last coach made him kick those stupid rugby style kicks because the punt return team was horribly coached.

  41. thesmithtwist says: Apr 23, 2012 4:53 PM

    Way to twist an interview Smith! The sad thing is, we shouldn’t always believe everything we read. I have had the pleasure of knowing this kid and his family since he was very young. He is a very humble, balanced, and real person. This article and quotes are very twisted, misrepresented, and misquoted, and not a real professional job of reporting; but instead a real good job of stirring the pot to try to make a story sound interesting. Michael Smith, step up to the plate, dig deep, and do the right thing next time, integrity. I’m sure you can find better things to do than mess with a good kid. You may not get to know those you’re reporting on very well because they all learn to be calloused to individuals that are vultures for a story, sad that reporting and media have come to this. To all of you following and commenting, don’t judge so easily, he is worth rooting for and will help a team. Congrats on the party!! Celebrate that graduation from Cal, as well as the fun, hectic, and exciting last 4 years and where they have taken you. Strange, that doesn’t seem to be what was reported. How about: Congrats on graduating, excelling as a fine student athlete and moving on to the next chapter in your life! Again, way to make that sound like a bad thing Smith. I will root for Anger, plain and simple, its a game, he’s a great kid, and people like Smith should check deep inside at their own intentions when trying to harvest a story.

  42. davetjen says: Apr 23, 2012 6:09 PM

    Why didn’t you quote this from the Bay Area News Group article?

    “Genyk said one NFL special teams coach told him Anger is the best college punter prospect in nine years.”

  43. twintwisters2 says: Apr 25, 2012 12:39 AM

    Faraudo, MercuryNews, and Smith, “Blogger of the Year,” are twin twisters. And, as the adage goes…”Garbage In, Garbage Out.” In reading other Faraudo articles, he has a knack for injecting back-handed compliments. With reporting like this, who needs a hostile opponent? Watching draft Saturday with your family and a few close friends sounds more like a support group than party. IMO, draft day for prospects seems more an occasion of tension than levity. For the rest of us, let the party begin!

  44. gept23 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:02 PM

    Hey MDS: great article genius!! Nice going trying to make fodder of Anger’s imperfect comments. HE JUST GOT DRAFTED IN THE 3rd ROUND!! You’re a journalistic error all wrapped up as someone pretending to know!! A punter of Anger’s caliber is a huge weapon for any team smart enough to draft one in the 3rd round. Nice expertise.

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