Pick: Marquette King, Punter, Fort Valley State University
Arizona has drafted two punters in its history—John Bruno in 1987 and Chris Becker in 1989.
Since then, they have recycled veteran punters and scraped by with what they had to offer. Sometimes it was good, other times it was just plain awful.
The latest recycle-e (I'm making up words again), Dave Zastudil, was less than impressive in 2011.
King is not your everyday, run-of-the-mill punter. He’s 6'0", 192 pounds and runs a 4.67 40-yard dash. With not an ounce of fat on him, he clearly prides himself on being in shape—he is not like the average NFL punter.
In an interview with FootballNation.com’s Jeff Sperber, King was asked what three things he would show the NFL about himself. He responded with the following:
I am going to change how people look at punters this year (style, athleticism), I can tackle and I will go all out to win and set up the team in the best position possible.
With 70-yard bombs that hang in the air for better than five seconds, he may not need to do much tackling in the NFL. But if a return-man gets loose, King will not only be able to bring him down, but he can catch him from behind if need be.
That might be an incredibly valuable asset to have at some point.