- A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 6/207 -- Brad Nortman, P, 6-2, 213, Wisconsin...He's got an excellent chance to make the roster -- since he's the only punter they have at the moment. Veteran Jason Baker was a cap casualty, so the door's open. - The Sports Xchange
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Positives: Four-year starter. Possesses a strong, generally reliable leg. Consistently generates 45-50 yard punts in the air, with good trajectory and hang-time to allow his teammates to be in position to defend against the return. Showed improved touch as a senior, tying hid previous career high of 19 punts downed inside the 20-yard line despite having 20 fewer opportunities than when he accomplished this feat in 2008. Handled PAT and FG holding responsibilities throughout his career... Experienced in poor weather conditions. Looks the part of an NFL punter, possessing good size as well as reasonable athleticism and strength (12 reps).
Negatives: May be maxed out in terms of leg strength. Rarely booms punts and hasn't shown the conistently ability to flip the field. Has a methodical catch, step and drop to punt technique that might need to be quickened against NFL-caliber rushers. Didn't always show the greatest mettle when rushed, shanking a few early in his career.