Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Breakdown: Idaho Vandals Punter AND Kicker Austin Rehkow

(A post from Lukewarm Jonah)

I’ve been waiting to write this article for over a year.  There is a college player entering this year’s draft who can change the NFL forever.  There is a player who should be drafted and if not will definitely be signed as a free agent who can play two positions in the NFL, therefore saving a roster spot.  That player is Austin Rehkow, Idaho Vandals punter and kicker.  

Rehkow is the best punter in this years draft, but he’s also been the Vandals kicker for four years and kicked a 67 yarder in high school.  The value of having an extra roster spot truly is incredibly valuable, and Rehkow could be the first player in the modern era to play two positions in the NFL.  More than likely, Rehkow will simply be one of the best punters in the NFL, booming 60 yard punts with hangtime, but what if?  

What if a team takes a chance and lets him be their kicker as well?  They can keep an extra offensive lineman, an extra wide receiver or running back.  Some player they don’t want to try and sneak through to the practice squad can stay on the active roster.  Anyways, I guess I should just talk about how great Rehkow has been.  

Over four years of punting he has a 45.9 yard average, he’s been great at pinning the opposing team deep in their territory and out of bounds with no chance for a return.  I’ve also seen him punt over 60 yards with 6 seconds of hangtime more times than I can count.  He’s a special punter, but he’s also a very good kicker as well.  He went 26 for 29 with a long of 50 yards this past year.  As I stated, in high school he kicked a 67 yard field goal so he’s got plenty of leg strength.  He needs to go to the Minnesota Vikings and take over double duty so that they can have another offensive lineman on the roster for when the first 20 get hurt again.
Draft Austin Rehkow or have him haunt you for the next 15 years.

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