Chicago Bears Select Punter (Yes PUNTER) Pat O'Donnell in 6th Round


Phil Emery is like that guy in your fantasy draft who drafts a kicker in the 6th round.  Does every team need a kicker?  Of course, but if you’re taking one in your fantasy draft you’re a sucker.  Phil Emery pulled off the equivalent by selecting putner Pat O’Donnell out of the University of Miami.  Drafting a punter is a complete waste of time, even if he becomes a perennial Pro Bowler.  I know that a sixth round pick could be a longshot to make the team, but with so many needs on defense or the need for a slot receiver, another tight end or more depth on the offensive line, you have to scratch your head on this pick.

Here’s a clip from NFL.com on the first specialist taken in the draft:

Was a three-year letterwinner in track and football as a Florida prep. Began his collegiate career at Cincinnati and punted in three games in 2009, recording seven punts for a 37.9-yard average with a long of 50 and two punts inside the 20-yard line, before redshirting with an undisclosed injury. Booted 52.41.9-L61-16 in ’10. Was a first-team All-Big East selection in ’11 after logging 63-43.8-L76-26 punting and 61 kickoffs for a 64.2-yard average and seven touchbacks. In ’12, booted 59-41.8-L65-23 and 75-63.4-36 on kickoffs. Graduated from Cincinnati and transferred to Miami (Fla.) for his final season in ’13. Set the Hurricanes’ single-season record with a 47.1-yard-per-punt average after recording 53-47.1-L71-19 and 79-63.1-37 on kickoffs. Was also the holder on field goals and extra point attempts. Did 23 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine — more than six tight ends, 19 running backs, 21 defensive linemen and all 37 wide receivers.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Very good leg strength to drive the ball. Experienced four-year starter. Handles kickoffs and served as the holder on PATs. Dedicated to his craft and the game is important to him.

WEAKNESSES

Inconsistent hang time. Can improve placement and accuracy. Average athlete. Overly analytical and outthinks the game. Could stand to hone his mental toughness and learn to handle pressure.

The Bears sent punter Adam Podlesh packing after the season, but it’s hard to imagine they couldn’t pick up a punter as an undrafted free agent.  They also have Tress Way and Drew Butler (Kevin Butler’s son) on their roster.  Unless O’Donnell is an onsides kick specialist, this pick leaves me

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  • Brian

    Exactly what I was thinking… Complete waste of a pick! Especially when you had an ILB like Christian Jones still on the board who could have been a 1st/2nd rounder if he didn’t get injured. Highly upset with our last pick. If you wanted a punter he would have been there as an UFA! Overall Draft grade = C… Overall off season = B

    • StuManChu

      Didn’t Jones end up a UFA? They can still have him. But, this was an odd late draft for the Bears. It seems like they were done at Round 5 and just drafted whatever after that. They might have been better off packaging those 3 picks for a 5 next year.

  • Eddie Currie

    Gonna go ahead and say it; the Bears have had one of the worst drafts of all of the teams this year. I’m tempted to put them dead last. Ego in the 2nd was just ugly, just shook my head at the television. Punter in the 6th just capped off a mess of a draft. Really looks like they panicked when Donald went off the board at 13. Phil said there were three prospects out of his top six still staring him in the face at 14, and he didn’t even consider trading back. One word to describe that: joke. I’ll throw up a mock attempting to follow what the Bears were going after.
    1. Kyle Fuller, CB
    2. Carlos Hyde, RB
    3. Will Sutton, DT
    4. Brock Vereen, S
    5. Caraun Reid, DT
    6. David Fales, QB
    6. PUNTER, smh. Should be any one of the talented LB’s available or a DE like Jeffcoat.
    Don’t think anyone can say that that doesn’t look just as appealing while getting to keep our 5th round pick next year.

  • Sammy Z

    The only positive thing I can say is that when analysts say that someone had a “good draft,” they’re normally wrong and those kids turn out to become quality players. I’m really hoping today is one of those “negative persuasion.”

  • bobportcharlotte

    I am pleased with the Bear picks BUT extremely disappointed that CB Pierre Desir was not drafted by Emery. I know you cannot get everyone but watching that kid fall way down like he did I thought was a bargain asking to be taken. He was a definite steal for the Browns who had an excellent draft!