Just three specialists — one punter and two placekickers — were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Bears struck first, taking Miami (Fla.) punter Pat O’Donnell in Round Six (No. 191 overall). Given his status as a draft pick, O’Donnell figures to have every chance to win the job as a rookie. The Bears released Adam Podlesh, their punter from a season ago, in March. The right-footed O’Donnell punted 53 times in 2013, averaging 47.1 yards. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 23 times at the NFL Scouting Combine. Ex-Steelers punter Drew Butler could be his top competition in Chicago. In Round Seven, kickers were taken in back-to-back picks, with the Redskins selecting Zach Hocker of Arkansas 228th and the Lions drafting Nate Freese of Boston College 229th. Hocker, who is right-footed, connected on 13-of-15 field goals in 2013 for the Razorbacks. Head coach Jay Gruden indicated Saturday that Hocker will have a chance to compete with Kai Forbath for a role on kickoffs and on placements. While Forbath hit 18-of-22 field goals in 2013, he forced just 14 touchbacks in 57 kickoffs.
Bears draft a punter, while Lions, Redskins add at kicker
Pro Football Talk | May 11