04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Jaguars picks: Round 3/70 - Bryan Anger, P, 6-4, 208, California...Anger was a four-year starter who averaged 44.2 yards per punt (gross) last season, a shade less than the 45.1 mark he posted the previous season. He put 90 kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line during his career. He was at his best in the East-West Shrine Game where he averaged 60 yards on three punts. - The Sports Xchange
With NFL teams often getting just as much "bang for their buck" in signing specialists after the draft as they do in spending an actual pick on them, many clubs struggle with the idea of dedicating a valuable draft pick on a punter or kicker.
Anyone who has watched Bryan Anger reverse the field for Cal over the past four years, however, certainly wouldn't quibble with an NFL investing a draft selection in him. For a team well known known for producing quality running backs, receivers and defensive linemen, one could make the argument that Anger has been Cal's most consistent weapon since 2008.
Anger, who only took up punting his junior season in high school, has combination of size, athleticism, work ethic and pure leg talent that every special teams coach is begging to work with. He has the second highest punt average in school history and possesses three of the seven best seasons ever enjoyed at Cal. Anger earned First Team all-conference honors three consecutive seasons to finish his career and though his statistics were less impressive in 2011 as Cal experimented with more rugby style punts to aid inexperienced blockers, he was recognized by the College Football Performance Awards as the nation's elite punter as a senior.
Characterized by some close to the Cal program as an even better talent than former standout Nic Harris -- an 11-year NFL veteran currently playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars -- Anger is the elite punting prospect in the 2012 draft and well worth a Day Three draft selection. Whether he is ultimately drafted or signed as a free agent, he has the talent and work ethic to enjoy a long professional career.
Strengths: 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. Angles the ball towards the sideline, often pinning opponents deep into one corner to make covering the kick easier on his teammates. Possesses very good touch on his punts resulting in an impressive 72 fair catches and 89 punts downed inside the 20 yard line against just 22 touchbacks, including just four (in 46 attempts) in 2011. Varies his drop, placement to alter the trajectory of the ball, resulting in spirals, end over end and balls wobbling horizontally to get different bounces from the ball once they hit the ground to give his teammates the best opportunity to pin the opponent deep. Along with his raw leg strength and quick drop to kick time, hang time is Anger's best trait. Has consistently had a 4.5 second hang time throughout much of his career, though that mark was a bit lower in 2011 as Cal asked him to punt more from the rugby style presumably due to problems with protection. Consistently has a 1.20-1.25 drop to kick time. 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. No known off-field issues. Is Cal's holder on field goals and PATs. Showed his toughness playing through a partially-torn MCL in his right knee in 2008 season-opener (Michigan State). Wore a brace for four games and played through the injury.
Developed the ability to punt with a rugby style in 2011, though he remains more inconsistent when punting with this style than his traditional form to this point. Willing in punt return support, but isn't especially aggressive or athletic in coverage. Has just three tackles over his career.