Punters are people too, dammit.
Their impact on a game is often substantial, and the value of a punter who can flip the field position battle into a team's favor in one four-and-a-half-second span is not lost on coaches and knowledgeable fans.
Unfortunately, it's not just fantasy football and casual fans who have largely ignored their worth. It's a rare sight to see a punter's name get called during the NFL Draft, as just 10 have gone over the past five years.
This year, Arizona State's Josh Hubner looks to be one of the few to receive the "drafted" honor, and after a record-setting senior year, he has the goods to do just that. Whether an NFL team pulls the trigger will be known on Saturday.
Weight: 232 pounds
College Career: Hubner came to ASU after playing at Scottsdale Community College. He averaged 41.3 yards-per-punt in 2011, pinning 24 of his 62 kicks inside the 20-yard line. Hubner took a major leap forward as a senior, as he become one of the nation's best punters. He set an ASU record with a 47.1 yards-per-punt average, and pinned 20 of his 52 kicks inside the red zone. Hubner blasted 22 punts over 50 yards while forcing forced 17 fair catches. He was also named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2012 Ray Guy Award.
Strengths: Hubner is the complete package as a punter. His powerful right leg is capable of blasting kicks deep, and he had a 73-yard kick this season against UCLA. When needed can loft the ball up high for hang time, as evidenced by his high-percentage of fair catches forced. Using his Australian-style kicking, he has shown a great ability to pin the ball near the goal line and avoid touchbacks.
Weaknesses: There are no glaring weaknesses in Hubner's game, as he is able to do each phase of a punter's game very well. Hubner will need to work diligently to continue to refine his game at the next level, with punters being a disposal commodity in the NFL.
Outlook: Hubner has all the makings of a player with a 10-plus year NFL career ahead of him, and has the greatest chance of developing into a Pro Bowl player among this year's Sun Devil class. While most punters either have the pinpoint precision or the booming leg, Hubner has the ability to do both and fit his kicks into any situation. Most importantly, he also has the drive to continuously get better. He will be on an NFL roster next year, and the nature of his position is the only thing that is preventing him from being a sure fire draftee.
Round Projection: 7th - undrafted
Bold Prediction: Detroit Lions, 7th round, 245th overall