Along with Ray Guy Award winning punter Tom Hackett and fellow punter Lachlan Edwards, several other Aussies are available for today’s 2016 draft, although none of them is expected to go on day one.
Two other punters, Alex Kinal of SA, who played his college ball for Wake Forest in North Carolina, and Queensland’s Jamie Keehn might get a look. If both or either make an NFL team, the most likely route is as an undrafted free agent, which simply means that if they do catch on with a team, they will earn the rookie minimum salary for their position.
More than a few undrafted free agents, at all positions, have developed into exceptional NFL players.
SA’s Brad Craddock of the Maryland University Terrapins could be selected for his place kicking skills for kickoffs, extra points and the important three-point field goals that often decide games. Craddock missed only one field goal attempt in 2014 and he won the Lou Groza Award as the best kicker in college football.
Adam Gotsis of Victoria, a standout defensive tackle out of Georgia Tech, could be a fifth-round sleeper that could have gone higher but for an ACL injury that limited him in his senior year with the team.
Blake Muir of NSW could latch on as a free agent offensive lineman with his skills, size and strength being key assets. He finished his college career with Baylor and was a consensus All-Big 12 first team selection in the country’s second-best rushing offense.