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.