2022 NFL Draft shocker: Bills land 'Punt God' Matt Araiza who surprisingly gets taken behind two other punters


The NFL Draft doesn't usually give us very many surprises when it comes to punting, but it came through with two big surprises on Saturday. The biggest surprise is that college football's top punter, Matt Araiza, wasn't the first punter off the board this year. The former San Diego State punter didn't get selected until the Bills made him the first pick of the sixth round (180th overall). Although he was the top punting prospect in the draft, Araiza ended up being the third punter selected. The first two punters went off the board in the fourth round with the Ravens selecting Jordan Stout and the Buccaneers taking Jake Camarda. Those two picks were also somewhat surprising, if only because you almost never see two punters get taken that early With Stout going at 130th overall and Camarda going three picks later, this year marked just the third time since 1993 that two punters were taken before the end of the fourth round. The only other times it happened came in 1993 and 2007.