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Bryan Anger is considered the top punting prospect in the 2012 draft and is coming off an outstanding career at California and a tremendous performance at the East-West Shrine Game, in which he averaged 60 yards per punt.
Anger became only the second player in school history to be named a three-time First-Team All-Pac-12 honoree after averaging 44.25 yards per punt.
Anger used a ruby-punting style a majority of the time at Cal, which can be seen as both a positive and negative. While he didn't get the experience using a traditional form for the entirety of his career, he is more than capable of doing that if he is asked to scrap the rugby style.
However, his ability using the rugby-style kick helped him pin teams deep inside the 20-yard line.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING
CBSsports.com via nfldraftscout.com pointed to Anger's athleticism and size (6'4", 208) as a huge plus in his overall game.
Good athleticism for the position. Played three sports (football, baseball, basketball) in high school and was a wide receiver as well as specialist in high school. Possesses excellent leg strength and the ability to send booming kicks deep and high to flip the field.
CBS also pointed out that Anger takes his punting job seriously and sees punting as a science.
Has shortened his approach from a three step to two step approach. Has had just two punts blocked (out of 246 attempts) over his career. Very committed to his craft. Has redefined his punting technique, shaving a step and nearly half a second from his drop and kick. Characterized by Cal coaches as "scientific" about his preparation and improvement.
NFL.com sees Anger's accuracy as his main strength as a punter.
EXPECTED IMPACT AS A ROOKIE
Anger is expected to have an immediate impact as a rookie and could develop into a great weapon in the NFL. He can expect to be in a competition during camp, but as long as he shows promise, the job should be his to lose. Teams simply don't spend draft picks on punters only to cast them aside after their first camp.
It figures that Anger will continue to develop due to the elevated level in coaching he will receive in the NFL. He is clearly dedicated to his craft and, with his athleticism, he has tremendous potential to grow.
A great punter can be a serious game-changer, and the Jaguars are hoping he has that kind of influence from the get-go.