It's not often a punter gets drafted, but then again Pat O'Donnell isn't your ordinary punter.
Blessed with a huge leg, linebacker size, and WR athleticism, O'Donnell brings rare attributes to an underrated position.
The Bears obviously felt the need to upgrade, and snagged the All-American punter in the third round.
We caught up with Lester Wiltfong of Windy City Gridiron and asked him the following.
WCG: Initially fans weren't enthused by a punter being drafted, but we're talking about the 6th round here. If the Bears can grab a guy that can be their punter for the next 8-10 years, then that's a good pick. There'll always those fans that discredit anything kicker/punter related on a football field, but bottom line is these guys can help a team to win games.
WCG: Adam Podlesh was cut after his poor 2013 season. His punting wasn't the best, and he was making far too much money. I think Bears GM Phil emery saw a chance to grab the top guy at his position, he had an extra 6th rounder in his pocket, so he pulled the trigger.
WCG: It's very possible. Current kicker Robbie Gould has improved his touchback percentage every year, but if O'Donnell is better, he should be given those duties.
WCG: When the Bears have an athletic punter/holder, they've always used him in the past. Last year under special teams coach Joe DeCamillis they didn't run any fakes, but with an athlete like O'Donnell, they'd be silly not to have a few tricks up their sleeves.
WCG: I think that was a perfect storm of a team that really emphasized special teams, defense and field position, and a general manager that identified a unique athlete that could help his team. Hester was drafted to return kicks and punts, but the plan was also for him to be a reserve cornerback. The defense thing never had a chance to materialize, because in year two they tried to make a receiver out of him. Hester could have been a great #3 guy, or a change of pace player, but the Bears didn't have much talent at the position. He was forced into becoming the #1 wide out and that hurt his overall play.