Dallas Cowboys Round Six – Matt Araiza – Punter – San Diego State
There is a good chance Araiza could go in the fifth round, and the Dallas Cowboys could be the team selecting him there given all their picks. People have dubbed him “Punt God” due to his ability to punt 80 yards. While I am not usually someone who likes to use draft picks on kickers, with the extra fifths and a picked-up seventh, I figured I could afford to pick him. Also, many of the writers and content creators I talked to would want him in the fifth round so this isn’t a crazy proposition here.
Araiza has a booming foot and can flip a field from anywhere on the field. However, what could really move him up in the draft is that he punts, kicks 50+ field goals (and extra points, of course), and can kickoff. Araiza would be the kicking team, which would allow the Cowboys to open up a roster spot and have a weapon on their side.
Again, this is a kicker, so the value is a little less, but Araiza has all the makings to be a boost for any team that gets him. Araiza doesn’t have kicks blocked, but is a little inconsistent as a field goal kicker and is middle of the class in downing kicks inside the twenty. But his leg is huge and with a little teaching he could be a rare kicker steal.