LAS VEGAS (AP) — Running backs and kickers — kickers? – were at the center of the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Two punters and a placekicker went early on the final day of tryouts before more quarterbacks were taken as most of the NFL’s 32 teams moved to pass passers in what was seen as a low harvest. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that LSU placekicker Cade York went to Cleveland at No. 124 overall, followed by Penn State punter Jordan Stout six places later in Baltimore. At No. 133 in Tampa Bay, it was punter Jake Camarda of Georgia — four spots ahead of fifth-overall quarterback Bailey Zappe of Western Kentucky, headed to New England.
Of course, it can’t be ignored that the Patriots have had some luck with a late-round QB before. What was his name?
The philosophy of deepening running backs into procedure is nothing new, and several very accomplished running backs were selected in the fourth inning. RB Dameon Pierce of Florida. From there, players like Zamir White of Georgia, Isaiah Spiller of Texas A&M, Pierre Strong, a standout player from South Dakota State of FCS, and Hassan Haskins of Michigan left the roster.
Of the 38 fourth-round players, including compensatory picks, 20 were on offense, 15 on defense and all three special teams.
The fifth round, however, began with Washington grabbing North Carolina QB Sam Howell, who was projected as a much higher selection just a year ago but didn’t have a stellar final season for the Tars. Heels.
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