We Finally Have a Punter! Panthers select Brad Nortman

The Panthers select a punter for the first time in team history. (Photo courtesy of Pro Football Weekly.)

Unless you've ever watched scouting film on punters, please refrain from saying "They should have taken _____". Opinions based on other people's lists are rarely right.

With more popular names left on the board like Drew Butler and Shawn Powell the Carolina Panthers bucked the trend and selected a player they quietly spent time with both at the combine, and at Wisconsin in punter Brad Nortman. This was the first time in team history the Panthers have elected to select a punter, and they feel like they got a good one.

A four-year punter at Wisconsin, Nortman excelled inside the 50 for the Badgers. This from Pro-Football Weekly:

"Good leg strength and hang time. Has a feel for directional and pooch punting. Four-year starter. Experience kicking in cold, wind and rain. Held for place kicks."

They admit he's not the fastest at getting his punts off, but I really like that he has a knack for punting in tight spaces. With Cam Newton under center it's clear we didn't need a guy with a mammoth leg, but little touch. Instead the Panthers elected for a good leg, but someone who really has a sense of how to operate when an offense is in that awkward area where a FG is just a little too long.

Joe Person believes the Panthers will bring in a veteran, or UDFA punter to compete- but based on the fact the Panthers stealthily visited him, and worked him out it looks like they got someone they liked.

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