Bryan Anger: 6 Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses of 2012 NFL Draft Prospect
It's not often that you see a punter selected before the sixth or seventh rounds of the NFL draft, but that could be the case with former CAL standout Bryan Anger.
He is that good.
Anger is widely considered to be the top punter in this year's draft class. He possesses a booming leg, averaging more than 44 yards per punt this past season.
But as good as this guy is, not everything is perfect in his game.
Let's break down the six biggest strengths and weaknesses of Bryan Anger's game.
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STRENGTH: Leg Strength
If the leg press was a testing portion of this year's NFL combine, it would be interesting to see how good of a score Bryan Anger would have posted, because this guy has one strong kicking leg.
Anger became known for his powerful leg when he arrived at Cal as a freshman and quickly developed the reputation of booting huge punts and often sending returners backwards into retreat mode. He averaged 44.3 yards per punt this past season at Cal.
Perhaps even more impressive is that Anger had 18 punts of 50 yards or more this past year.
If Andrew Luck has a golden arm, than no doubt about it, Bryan Anger has a golden leg.
WEAKNESS: Getting Height on His Ball
Bryan Anger has no problem booting the ball deep down field, but he does need to work on punting it higher in the air.
Anger doesn't always give his punts a ton of hang time, which could be an issue at the next level because of the quick speed and explosiveness of NFL return men.
Although he can punt it deep, Anger's punts tend to come down quickly, which is something he will have to change in the NFL.
Anger redshirted in 2007 and then took over the punting duties the following season, where it was all uphill from there.
This former Cal standout went on to be a four-year starter at punter for the Golden Bears. He booted a total of 253 punts in that yellow and blue uniform, posting a career average of 44 yards per punt, which is outstanding for a four-year career.
Anger's 45.6 yards-per-punt average in 2010 broke a 23-year-old school record.
This kid has plenty of skill to make it in the NFL and the necessary playing experience to go along with it.
WEAKNESS: Weather Control
Punting is an aspect of the game that can be greatly altered by the weather outside.
In Bryan Anger's case, he spent his college career playing in near perfect weather at Cal Berkeley.
That's all good except for when he travels to Foxborough or Pittsburgh in December and has to punt in freezing conditions.
Anger isn't used to that by any means, and when that day comes, this kid could be in for a rude awakening.
Of Bryan Anger's 71 punts this past season, 19 of them were placed inside the 20-yard line.
That is a good number for a two- or three-year career, but Anger did that in just one season.
In addition to his exceptional leg strength, this kid also has tremendous accuracy and the ability to properly place the ball. He has developed the ability to execute both Aussie and rugby kicks, which will help him to pin teams deep in their zone.
This is just as, if not more, important than leg strength, and Anger has both aspects down to a science.
WEAKNESS: Lack of Experience Against the Best
Make no mistake about it, the Pac-12 is no slouch of a conference.
With teams like Oregon, USC and Stanford consistently maintaining the top of the conference standings, this conference can't be taken lightly.
But the deal here is that while all three of those are elite teams, they are all offense-oriented teams. They love to score, but they don't do a great job of stopping their opponents from scoring.
At the NFL level, Anger is going to see a lot more fierce competition and a lot better quality of players coming after him in the punt game. This is simply something that Anger will have to adjust to and get better with time.
It's not his fault, but simply an adjustment that has to be made.
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