STRENGTHS: Built like a tight end with good bulk packed on his frame. Terrific athlete as a former soccer star with gliding speed to cover a large area with the willingness to finish tackles on special teams coverage. Devoted to his craft and prepares like a pro.
Long, swift leg motions to generate power from his movements to boom the ball off his foot. Handled kickoff duties at Cincinnati and Miami. Was an All-Conference player each of the last three seasons. Good experience kicking in all types of weather.
WEAKNESSES: Has room to quicken his timing from snap to punt, especially when he knows the rush is coming. Directional punting is okay, but not a strength for him. No experience as a field goal kicker.
O'Donnell became the starting punter for the Cincinnati Bearcats as a sophomore and earned First Team All-Big East honors as a junior averaging 43.8 yards per punt and was a Ray Guy Finalist. He was a Second Team All-Big East performer as a senior and graduated with a degree in organizational leadership, but still had one year of eligibility remaining and was able to transfer to Miami per NCAA rules, the team he grew up rooting for as a kid.
O'Donnell averaged 47.1 yards per punt in 2013 with the Hurricanes with almost half of his punts traveling over 50 yards, earning First Team All-ACC honors.
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 6/191 -- Pat O'Donnell, P, 6-4, 220, Miami...The Bears needed a punter after Adam Podlesh was dispatched. They had only Drew Butler and Tress Way on the roster. O'Donnell played his final year at Miami after he graduated from Cincinnati and still had one year of eligibility left. He is known as an athletic punter after running a 4.64 40-yard dash and did 23 reps with 225 pounds in the bench press -- almost twice as many as the team's first-round pick, Fuller. He caused a fumble with a hit last year, which reinforced his reputation. As a senior at Miami, his 47.1-yard average was a school record and almost 3 1/2 yards longer than his previous best. He also can kick off and hold for the placekicker. - The Sports Xchange