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Jaguars take punter Bryan Anger with 70th pick

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The Jaguars needed a new punter after Adam Podlesh signed with the Bears as a free agent, so they decided to be proactive about it.

Jacksonville selected Cal punter Bryan Anger with the seventh selection of the third round, number 70 overall, on Friday night in New York. The pick likely comes as a surprise to some, but no to Anger. He told the Bay Area News Group that he was “pretty much guaranteed” to get drafted, a pretty bold statement for a player at a position that saw one player selected last season.

Anger is in some pretty limited company. The last time a punter went in the third round of an NFL Draft was when the Chiefs took Dustin Colquitt with the 99th pick in 2005. The last time a punter went higher than Anger was when the Bears took Todd Sauerbrun with the 24th pick of the second round in 1995. Only four other punters have ever gone higher than the seventh pick of the third round.

So it’s an unusual move. Based on his production in college, it could also be a successful one. Anger had an average of 43.5 yards per punt over his career and put 90 kicks inside his opponent’s 20-yard line. Anger will need to put up those kinds of numbers in the NFL to stop people from thinking the Jaguars reached by taking him when they did.

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69 Responses to “Jaguars take punter Bryan Anger with 70th pick”
  1. sg419 says: Apr 27, 2012 9:50 PM

    Punter in the third round! Makes sense for the Jaguars because Blaine Gabbert sucks, so they’ll be punting a lot.

  2. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 27, 2012 9:50 PM

    The Broncos draft made me sad.

    After seeing this pick, I strangely feel better about it now.

  3. spizotfl says: Apr 27, 2012 9:51 PM

    Uncover the seats in the upper deck! Chad Henne in free agency and now a punter in the 3rd round? Shahid Khan is building a winner!

  4. jhart615 says: Apr 27, 2012 9:51 PM

    This, ladies and gentlemen, is my favorite team…

  5. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: Apr 27, 2012 9:54 PM

    A team that needs everything except rb drafts a punter in 3rd rd.
    Amazing

  6. mtheparrothead says: Apr 27, 2012 9:54 PM

    Thanks Gene. Thought I might actually get a summer to where it wasn’t laughable to be a Jags fan. Two great picks following by the normal foolishness. Have fun explaining that one to Kahn.

  7. blacknole08 says: Apr 27, 2012 9:55 PM

    Sauerbrun had a pretty long, solid career, his best years coming with the Panthers. Dustin Colquitt is a top 10 punter and looks like he will have a long career as well. So it sounds like Bryan Anger will do well in the NFL.

  8. zzr600guy says: Apr 27, 2012 10:00 PM

    Taking a punter in the 3rd when u could’ve gotten him in the 7th, HA. That’s why the Jags will continue to be a 6-10 team.

  9. cakemixa says: Apr 27, 2012 10:01 PM

    I mean, seriously, can you really imagine the Jaguars front office staff cheering and high fiving after they picked him, saying “WE GOT OUR GUY!” etc? Lol.

  10. kahnsbushymustache says: Apr 27, 2012 10:05 PM

    NationalFlagFootballLeague says:Apr 27, 2012 9:54 PM

    A team that needs everything except rb drafts a punter in 3rd rd.
    Amazing
    —————————————————
    Obviously, you forgot Jacksonville had the #6 defense last year…

  11. cletusvandam says: Apr 27, 2012 10:06 PM

    I wish Jacksonville was in my fantasy league!

  12. gojags says: Apr 27, 2012 10:08 PM

    Gene Smith Suck. I was a fan of him earlier. But now I have feeling it was he was the reason why we are struggling now. I gotta feeling he is not building a winner. Gene could have traded this pick to fourth round and some picks and still landed this guy.

    What a looser Gene is? Jaguars will only build a winner if he gets fired.

  13. JMB says: Apr 27, 2012 10:09 PM

    Annnd that’s why they’re the Jaguars…

  14. beefjerky1 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:09 PM

    i agree it was a surprise pick but to say the Jags need everything but a running back is just plain silly. they had the 6th ranked defense last year. remember, those who know little should remain silent.

  15. praetorian77 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:10 PM

    Truly amazing. No wonder their stadium is empty

  16. gojags says: Apr 27, 2012 10:12 PM

    Gene smith is building the depth in the punting position. What a great GM he is?

  17. teal379 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:13 PM

    Who did they believe they were stealing this guy from by using a 3rd on him?

    I mean – who did they have to get in front of (like Cleveland at #3) to make sure they got this gamechanger?

    It’s almost like a contest to see who can make the most rediculous reach this year.

  18. joshmelder says: Apr 27, 2012 10:13 PM

    Vital for their success.

  19. fxws says: Apr 27, 2012 10:14 PM

    Nice vote of confidence for Gabbert.

  20. northshorejag says: Apr 27, 2012 10:14 PM

    Well lets be honest

    If you’re a punter and you want to work, you can’t do a lot worse than us lately.

    Good pick Gene

  21. nemyx1 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:24 PM

    Al Davis approves.

  22. bigvinnyinjax says: Apr 27, 2012 10:25 PM

    Oh my Tebow. I am speechless. I am without speech.

    So, that guy who was pretending to be Gene Smith for the first two rounds – yeah, I’d like for him to come back.

  23. rollteal says: Apr 27, 2012 10:27 PM

    I really didn’t see this coming !! He better be farking great !!!

  24. xli2006 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:27 PM

    It looked like they knew what they were doing with Blackmon… And then they went and pulled this stunt.

    There is absolutely no excuse for taking a Punter in the 3rd.

  25. Corybantes says: Apr 27, 2012 10:27 PM

    Nothing a punter ever does will make him worth this high of selection. If you need one, just invite the best UDFAs to camp and let them battle it out.

  26. schmitty2 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:36 PM

    gojags says:
    Apr 27, 2012 10:08 PM
    Gene Smith Suck. I was a fan of him earlier. But now I have feeling it was he was the reason why we are struggling now. I gotta feeling he is not building a winner. Gene could have traded this pick to fourth round and some picks and still landed this guy.

    What a looser Gene is? Jaguars will only build a winner if he gets fired.

    Who’s the loser, Gene Smith or the guy who can’t spell LOSER correctly??

  27. hrudey says: Apr 27, 2012 10:42 PM

    Here’s how it went down:

    Mark Dominik: We can move down to 7. What are you offering?

    Gene Smith: We’ll give you our third and fourth round picks.

    Mark Dominik: That still doesn’t seem like enough after what Minnesota got, but I like you. Tell you what, give us the fourth, and draft a punter with the third round pick, and you’ve got a deal.

    Gene Smith: (inaudibly) Sucker! I was taking punter in the second.

  28. mulehead70 says: Apr 27, 2012 10:43 PM

    I’m hoping Anger struggles just so I can see the headline “Jaguars have Anger issues”… or “Jaguars special teams coach needs to manage his Anger better”….

    Oh, man, the “Anger” jokes are endless…

  29. northshorejag says: Apr 27, 2012 10:49 PM

    Look at this way

    they have no 4th rounder. Would this guy be there in the 5th?

    Again, if we had this guy or even Podlesh we may still have had the same record, but it may not have been such a kicking

  30. blancodiablo says: Apr 27, 2012 11:01 PM

    Yes, that’s the Genius Gene we have known all along. Great 1st round pick, ok 2nd round and then the experiments begin. A big middle finger to the fans.

    I think Gene Smith does this just to get his name mentioned in the press. He’s like the Kardashian of the football world.

    “Look at me! Look at me! See what I have done here!”

    What makes great football teams great year after year is consistent drafting. I have a hard time imaging Bill Belichick green lighting a punter in the third round – even if his current punter was a 90 year old woman.

  31. jacksonvillejags4life says: Apr 27, 2012 11:20 PM

    As much as a hate to admit it this….Punter is probably the most important position on the team….watch out NFL number 32 ranked offense in the league coming at ya! FML come on Jags

  32. blacksonvillegaguars says: Apr 27, 2012 11:21 PM

    Khan’s reward to Gene Smith – choose player to be drafted in 3rd round

    Khans challenge to Gene Smith – push all of the square pegs through the square hole.

    C’mon Khan ! at least give him star shapes !

  33. expertop says: Apr 27, 2012 11:25 PM

    northshorejag says:
    Apr 27, 2012 10:49 PM
    Look at this way

    they have no 4th rounder. Would this guy be there in the 5th?
    _____________________________
    Yes.

    And if not, the Jags would have missed out on ….. a punter.

  34. whiteshoesjohnson says: Apr 27, 2012 11:34 PM

    Ray Guy

  35. mojosmagic says: Apr 27, 2012 11:35 PM

    This is why some teams always suck. Your bad team has million holes to fill and with the third pick you take a punter? Idiots!

  36. mojosmagic says: Apr 27, 2012 11:39 PM

    Oh I forgot “they hated rated much higher on their weenie board and were shocked he slipped into the top of the 3rd round”.

  37. arrghmakeitstop says: Apr 28, 2012 12:11 AM

    I can’t wait to see the train wreck of the Jag’s season. As a Dolphins fan, it is heartening to see another hapless team just a few hundred miles away.

  38. christopher525 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:12 AM

    Honestly, with the 6th best defense, having a guy who can pin a team inside the 20 consistantly could be a huge upside. IF they can get points on the board, that is…

  39. lackofsuprise says: Apr 28, 2012 12:16 AM

    I am so getting a ANGER jersey!!!!!

  40. hnrqoliv says: Apr 28, 2012 12:21 AM

    zzr600guy says:
    Apr 27, 2012 10:00 PM
    Taking a punter in the 3rd when u could’ve gotten him in the 7th, HA. That’s why the Jags will continue to be a 6-10 team.

    —-
    6-10? How generous of you

  41. johnnyb216 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:46 AM

    This ANGERs me.

  42. morrellfsu says: Apr 28, 2012 12:59 AM

    Shaun Powell from FSU is a whole lot better!

  43. finfan83 says: Apr 28, 2012 1:49 AM

    Best part about this is that Anger is having his draft party tomorrow. if I’m him, I’m angry about getting drafted too early.

  44. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 28, 2012 2:21 AM

    Whatever. A 3rd pick for a P? Podlesh was a 4. He rocked. How bout keeping this one this time?

  45. msclemons67 says: Apr 28, 2012 3:00 AM

    Tiki Barber had no idea what flabbergasted truly means.

    Now he does.

  46. themackstrong says: Apr 28, 2012 3:09 AM

    I don’t know if I was following close enough, but I see them trade up to draft a punter in the 3rd? Wow

  47. CKL says: Apr 28, 2012 4:13 AM

    @blancodiablo
    Pats actually had your old punter Hanson for awhile. He was teh suck. We were ecstatic when the Pats got Mesko.

    I wish this kid had gotten drafted by Indy. Then they would have Anger and Angerer.

  48. staffordsyear says: Apr 28, 2012 6:03 AM

    His last name probly fits how jaguar fans are feelin right about now.

  49. swagjag says: Apr 28, 2012 6:37 AM

    Making fun of the Jags for taking a punter is like shooting fish in a barrel. It’s almost too easy. Keep in mind they drafted Podlesh who they really liked and he bolted for Chicago. They replaced him, regrettably, with Matt Turk who singlehandedly cost them 2 games last year. While this may be knee jerk reaction to that unfortunate signing, I also believe a number of targeted players were taken in the 10 picks prior to their 3rd round selection. They don’t have a 4th (but they do have a Blackmon!) and Anger would likely have been gone by their 5th round pick. You can disagree, but it’s true. I am not as upset about this pick as some Jag fans will be because I know how good this team can look when they win the field position game.

  50. swagjag says: Apr 28, 2012 6:39 AM

    @blancodiablo Gene Smith is the polar opposite of a Kardashian. He is more like Hans Moleman from the Simpsons. Nice try though.

  51. joetoronto says: Apr 28, 2012 6:49 AM

    hrudey says:
    Apr 27, 2012 10:42 PM
    Here’s how it went down:

    Mark Dominik: We can move down to 7. What are you offering?

    Gene Smith: We’ll give you our third and fourth round picks.

    Mark Dominik: That still doesn’t seem like enough after what Minnesota got, but I like you. Tell you what, give us the fourth, and draft a punter with the third round pick, and you’ve got a deal.

    Gene Smith: (inaudibly) Sucker! I was taking punter in the second.
    **************************************************
    This is comedy gold right here, lol.

    Well done, hrudey.

  52. jdandcoke says: Apr 28, 2012 7:13 AM

    any pick in the first three rounds, heck….probably the first four rounds….is too valuable to be playing games with. there are no punters or kickers in this world worth wasting a pick that high on. utter stupidity. you can ALWAYS find SOMEBODY to kick the ball….you DONT waste a prime pick on them. i couldnt care less about the jags and im disgusted…i cant imagine how ticked off actual jags fans are.

  53. jaginmi says: Apr 28, 2012 7:16 AM

    Let’s see if I have this right.

    People who know diddly about football don’t like this pick.

    If the ‘experts’ were so ‘all knowing’ then a team with Trent Dilfer at qb, Gallery and Mandarich as book-end tackles and K. Carter at rb would be good for 3 or 4 Super Bowls. If they added Packman Jones at cb it could be as many as 6 or 7.

    As for the ‘jags being the jags’…since they have been in the league (for those of you with reading comprehension issues I am talking of the time period since the start of franchise) the Jags have been more successful then the Cowboys, Lions, Chiefs, Bills, Dolphins, Vikings, etc., on the field (again, for those with reading comprehension issues success is measured on the field).

    As to the ‘cute’ (but ignorant) snide comments in regard to the tarp…the capacity of the Jag’s stadium is still beyond most NFL teams. If all NFL teams had the same capacity half of all NFL games would be subject to black-outs.

    I know most of the negative comments on all stories are submitted by trolls living in their (single) parent’s basement when they need to practice an alternative exercise for their right hand. But please…even though you are protected by a non-de-plume, show some pride.

  54. mp42245 says: Apr 28, 2012 7:29 AM

    Let us not forget the great Russell Erxlabben from the Texas Longhorns. Saints took him #1. He may have been # 1 overall. Can’t remember that far back. But the Saints were so crappy then, he was very near #1 overall.

  55. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 28, 2012 8:12 AM

    What do u expect from a team that puts the franchise tag on a KICKER! !!!!!!! I guess they got a punter to kick punts into the stands to wake up the few fans that do attend their games, Jaguars …….championship! !!!….NOT!!!!

  56. i10east says: Apr 28, 2012 8:17 AM

    I’m I the only Jag fan that think punter Nick Harris did a decent job?

  57. kaakwha says: Apr 28, 2012 8:46 AM

    It does not matter how talented a punter Anger is. You just do not take punter in the 3rd round. EVER! Foolish pick for a franchise struggling to put butts in the seats.

  58. richwangler says: Apr 28, 2012 8:57 AM

    Brian Anger says teams who passed on him are “gonna pay”

  59. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 28, 2012 9:40 AM

    The jags are playing for field possession, im sure Blackmon heard that the jags was trading up to get him he was upset, cause with gabbert throwing him the ball, there goes his rookie of the year n performance bonus cause he’s not Gona catch many balls from Gabbs, he’s captain checkdown to MJD

  60. grandpoopah says: Apr 28, 2012 9:54 AM

    They’re probably targeting long snapper with their 5th round pick.

  61. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: Apr 28, 2012 10:05 AM

    hey, 6th ranked defense guys,
    Bleacher Report agrees with me. You don’t draft a punter in the 3rd rd when you finish 5-11 the year before. OBVIOUSLY, you have other needs
    =========================
    This grade would’ve been an A if it wasn’t for the confusing pick of punter Bryan Anger out of California.

    This player was arguably the best punter in the draft, but a punter should never go this high. The Jaguars have glaring needs at right tackle and cornerback, and one of those should have been the pick in the third round.

    Jacksonville has a lot of picks, and they could have easily gotten this guy in the mid-to-late fourth or fifth rounds.

  62. jag9 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:28 AM

    Hey praetorian77…..yeah you Einstein! how many blackouts have the Jags had in the last two years? Right……same as your IQ…..zero.

    That is a very, very old myth that Jag fans don’t attend home game…..lets see…. talk to Tampa. San Diego, Oakland or even….this going to get them going…..Washington fans. How many empties/blackouts did they have last year? I thought they all had waiting lists for season tickets. BS.

    Come visit the us sometime. Watch us at the Players Championship in two weeks. Join us at the beach side bar for a cold one. Enjoy the weather. Relish zero state income tax. You only wish you could live here!

  63. northshorejag says: Apr 28, 2012 10:30 AM

    If I’m not mistaken the super bowl champions franchised their punter and if you watched the super bowl, you know why.

  64. pftfannum1 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:42 AM

    I normally don’t have an opinion over draft picks. It depends on many aspects for college players to have success or failure in transition to the NFL. But 3rd round pick for a punter might be a turning point for Gene Smith to look for a job some where else next season.

  65. stevecluffy says: Apr 28, 2012 11:09 AM

    Great pick Jacksonville. Love this pick, stand up guy.

  66. ahawkalypse says: Apr 28, 2012 11:52 AM

    Thanks for making us Seahawk fans feel a little better!

  67. pcjag says: Apr 28, 2012 12:12 PM

    NationalFlagFootballLeague says:
    Apr 28, 2012 10:05 AM
    hey, 6th ranked defense guys,
    Bleacher Report agrees with me. You don’t draft a punter in the 3rd rd when you finish 5-11 the year before. OBVIOUSLY, you have other needs
    =========================
    This grade would’ve been an A if it wasn’t for the confusing pick of punter Bryan Anger out of California.

    This player was arguably the best punter in the draft, but a punter should never go this high. The Jaguars have glaring needs at right tackle and cornerback, and one of those should have been the pick in the third round.

    Jacksonville has a lot of picks, and they could have easily gotten this guy in the mid-to-late fourth or fifth rounds.

    Well, if the Bleacher Report says so….

    Tell the Bleacher Report they don’t have a 4th round pick.

  68. whags334 says: Apr 28, 2012 2:07 PM

    You guys keep saying third rounder…he was almost a second round pick, 70th overall. I know we didn’t have a 4th round pick but this guy would’ve been there in the fifth round and possibly even the sixth.

    As a life long Jags season ticket holder, I feel like Charlie Brown. Everytime I feel like we are moving in the right direction: new QB learning under Garrard, going out and hiring a big name coach, bringing in some excitement with Tebow, looking like a great draft through two rounds…, then Lucy pulls the ball away as I go to kick it! Gene, you are making in hard for the fans to have faith in your plan.

  69. jnance93 says: Apr 28, 2012 5:34 PM

    Well Khan did say he wanted the Jaguars to be a known team and it looks like he has been doing that so far since he has been the owner.

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