There won't be any punters taken in this year's NFL Draft until Saturday at the earliest, if at all. But if multiple punters do come off the board, San Diego State's Matt Araiza might not be the first to hear his name called.
Araiza, nicknamed the "Punt God," was a unanimous All-American and the winner of the Ray Guy Award in 2021. The left-footer with the big leg has been widely projected by draft analysts as the top player at his position in this year's lass.
However, FOX Sports' Peter Schrager says "multiple" teams have Penn State punter Jordan Stout ranked higher on their draft boards.
Araiza broke the NCAA record for punting average last fall, producing 51.2 yards per attempt. His longest punt went for 86 yards against San Jose State.
Stout, meanwhile, was named the Punter of the Year in the Big Ten, beating out Rutgers' Adam Korsak. A first-team all-conference selection, Stout averaged 46.0 yards on 67 punts for the Nittany Lions.
Barring a surprise scenario where one of them is selected tomorrow, we'd expect Araiza and/or Stout to be chosen at some point in the later rounds on Saturday.