Player: Bryan Anger.
Round: 3. Selection: No. 70.
Ht: 6-3. Wt: 208.
Anger averaged 43.51 yards per punt in four collegiate seasons, averaging 44.25 yards as a senior last season. He also had 19 punts downed inside the 20 as a senior and had 90 punts downed inside the 20 in his career. He forced 75 fair catches during his collegiate career. He was the second player in Cal history to be named first-team All-Pac 10 three consecutive seasons and received the College Football Performance Awards Elite Punter Trophy in 2010 and 2011.
Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith says: "He has tremendous history as a punter at Cal. He's a good athlete with a live leg. He has the right mind for the position. We felt like the advantage in field position certainly is an asset to our defense."
Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey:
"You don't want him (a punter) out on the field, obviously, but however many times it is – the few times it may be, he can change the field position. That puts your defense in a much better place. Eventually, that puts your offense in a better place. He makes a difference for both sides of the ball."
"I was hopeful I would get the chance to get drafted early, but I really had no clue. You never know with punting and kicking – they always ended up going later. It was a big surprise. I didn't know they liked me that much."
This pick surprised many fans and observers, and the Twitter timelines pretty much went crazy immediately. But Anger was widely considered far and away the best punter in the draft, and most analysts believed Anger would be drafted.
What he brings:
What any top punter brings – i.e., the ability to change field position and flip the field in critical situations. As expected, the selection came under immediate criticism, but Mularkey said he liked the move and that not only is he a very good holder on extra points and field goals, "He so happens to be a difference-maker when it comes to punting."
Why it happened:
Jaguars coach John Bonamego worked Anger out in Southern California, and the team entered the third round believing Anger was worthy of being selected in that round. By the time the Jaguars selected No. 70, he was the highest-rated player remaining on the board. Mularkey said the Jaguars liked his ability to consistently put the ball inside the 20 and that he consistently had a hang time of 5.0 seconds. Smith said he compares favorably to Oakland punter Shane Lechler – considered the game's best active punter – and that he has a stronger leg than former Jagaurs punter Adam Podlesh, a fourth-round selection.