Under the Radar NFL Draft Prospect: P Pat O'Donnell

Jared Wickerham

Write up I did for an NFL blog on the best Punter Miami has had since Jeff Feagles.

Disclaimer: As Managing Editor of State of the U, SB Nation's University of Miami Blog, I have a slight bias toward UM players.

I know what you are thinking......

A Punter?   A Punter?!?!

Punters rarely get the April call from NFL GM's that all young football players dream of, alerting them they have been selected in the NFL draft.

Unless they are special.

I am hear to tell you,  Pat O'Donnell is special!  The 6'5 220 pound graduate transfer from Cincinnati is worth a late round pick because not only is he the best punter available in this year's draft, he can boom kick-offs out of the end zone as well.

"He looks like a SAM linebacker." - Miami Coach Al Golden on O'Donnell

He's not your typical punter.  He is also an athlete. O'Donnell was clocked in the 40 at 4.68.  Not that important for a guy who won't be doing much running, but indicative of the kind of athlete who can takes his craft seriously.

Oh yeah he can also bench a max of 370 pounds and does 23 reps of 225.

This past year he set the single season Miami record with an average of 47.1 yards per punt.  He also showed great touch putting 17 inside the 20.

Additionally he handled Miami's kick off duties. No official stat for touchbacks in College Football is available, but O'Donnell had plenty enough leg to kick a high percentage of kickoffs out of the end zone this past year.

Any NFL team that values hidden yards would be wise to give O'Donnell a long look. The guy is a weapon from the Punter position.

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