Over the next few days, we will look at the four Sun Devils who look to hear their names called in a unique way. With COVID-19 shutting down the sports world, the NFL Draft is a relief for sports fans.
Next up on our list of Sun Devil draft prospects, we head to special teams.
Name: Michael Turk
Size: 6’, 226 pounds
Experts Say: Late Day 3 or Undrafted
What We Know: Turk joined the program after his 2017 season with Lafayette College. After sitting to comply with the NCAA’s transfer rules, Turk took over as the teams punter for the 2019 season.
He was phenomenal, putting up numbers that received him First Team All Pac-12. Turk had 67 punts and averaged 46 yards per attempt. Turk decided to follow his dream of going to the NFL after his redshirt sophomore year.
He went to the NFL Combine and became a social media sensation with his 25 reps on the bench press and also ran a 4.79 40-yard dash.
NFL Analyst Lance Zierlein compared him to his uncle, Matt Turk, who was in the NFL for 17 years and was apart of six teams. Zierlein rates Turk a 5.60, ranging him to be one of the final roster spots or a practice squad player.
Prediction: Turk, being a special teams player, might find it hard to have his name called in any of the seven rounds.
He might end up going undrafted, but that can be a good thing because he will be able to decide what team he wants to punt for in the 2020 season, and the team that gets him will have a booming leg on their roster.
The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has Turk rated as the third best punter in the draft class.