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Miami Hurricanes NFL Draft Profile: P Justin Vogel

Justin Vogel hopes to pin NFL offenses inside the 20 this fall

Miami v Florida State Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Measurements: Six foot four, 219 pounds, 32.5 inch arm length

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

High School: Played for Berkeley Prep in Tampa, where he split time on defense and special teams.

College All-Star Game: 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl (South Team)

NCAA Football: ACC Football Kickoff Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Days

Coming to the University of Miami as a walk-on, Vogel won the punting competition after Pat O’Donnell graduated. Vogel started his UM career as a punter and kicker. In 2014 Vogel had a 42.8 yards per punt average, with 21 of his 52 punts being downed inside an opponent’s 20-yard line. In his lone season handling kickoff duty, Vogel had a yards per kick average of 62.1, with 15 touchbacks and a single kick that went out of bounds.

Vogel saved his best season for his senior year as a Hurricane, where he posted a career best in yards per punt average (43.8). He also pinned opponents 25 times inside their own 20-yard line and had 16 punts that were 50 yards or more. After a successful senior year, Vogel was named an All-ACC second team member.

He came up clutch in his senior year, specifically when it came to flipping the field. His strength comes in his command of direction, given his ability to place the ball in advantageous areas for the defense. Vogel had a net yardage punting average of 40.2, according to Pro Football Focus, which also named him to their 2016 All-ACC team.

He was invited to the Reese’s Senior Bowl held in Mobile, Alabama this past January. He was also one of eight punters invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February, where he was the only punter to participate in the 40-yard dash (4.70) and vertical jump (34 inches). At his Pro Day in March, Vogel stood on his timed numbers, opting to let his leg speak for him.

Best Game Film

Florida Atlantic Owls vs. Miami Hurricanes, September 10, 2016

Punted the ball five times for 237 total yards and a 47.40 net average. Placed three punts inside the 20-yard line, along with two punts that were 50 yards or more.

What the Experts Say

“Vogel doesn't have a booming leg, but he does have a shot at getting drafted and/or making a team thanks to his accuracy and consistency on placement punts.”

-Lance Zierlein of NFL.com

Vogel has a good, but not great, leg. He does not possess the supernatural power to boom one down the field, which worries some people. Having some experience with kickoffs is viewed as a positive when entering the NFL. Evaluators would like to see him become more consistent from one punt to the next. The hang time he’s able to get on punts will be a tremendous asset going forward.

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