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NFL Draft profile: Cameron Johnston looks to punt at the next level

Few, if any, punters get drafted each year. Will the Buckeye be the latest?

BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl - Ohio State v Notre Dame
Cameron Johnston walks off the field before the 2015 BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl.
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Measurements

Height Weight Arms Hands 40-yard dash
Height Weight Arms Hands 40-yard dash
5'11" 194 LBS. 31" 9" 4.92 Sec.

Strengths

  • Big leg punter who creates lots of fair catches.
  • Highly accurate when trying to pinpoint punts.
  • Few touchbacks and high frequency of inside-20 punts.

Weaknesses

  • Johnston was a rugby punter in college which NFL teams don’t use. The good news is he can punt both ways, he and Ohio State just elected not to strategically.
  • Needs to improve his hang time in the NFL to further improve his number of fair catches.

Highlights

Stats

Year Games Punts Yards Average
Year Games Punts Yards Average
2013 13 49 2156 44.0
2014 15 48 2164 45.1
2015 13 58 2549 43.9
2016 11 56 2614 46.7

Projections

Per WalterFootball.com, Johnston is projected to be picked anywhere between the 6th round to not being picked and becoming an undrafted free agent.

Outlook

Regardless of his draft status, Johnston will almost certainly get NFL camp invites and will battle for an NFL punting job. The biggest question facing him is whether he can switch punting styles from his rugby punts — and early indications show that he can. The Buckeyes fans’ favorite punter will look to continue improving and make an NFL roster this fall.