Texas punter Michael Dickson should make one NFL team extremely happy this spring.
Punters might not get a lot of credit, but Dickson was truly a game-changer for coach Tom Herman’s Longhorns and he left school early to pursue the NFL.
Dickson’s 2017 campaign was the highest-graded season for a college punter in Pro Football Focus history. And it’s no surprise considering he averaged 44.2 net yards per punt, which was the highest among punters with a minimum of 22 punts, in 2017.
The 2017 Texas Bowl MVP has a chance to continue his success in the NFL, according to PFF’s Gordon McGuinness, thanks to his elite ability.
Where Dickson really separates himself though is in his PFF grade, and his 2017 performance was a new record for our college grading, by a considerable margin. Special teams in college are much more primitive than in the NFL and we often see players with great raw tools massively improving grade wise with NFL coaching. That is great news for the team that drafts Dickson, or brings him in as an undrafted free agent, because his base level is far higher than anyone to come along in the past four years – he’s basically the Aaron Donald of college punters.
Pro Football Focus thinks the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles could be in the mix for Dickson, among other franchises in need of a punter.
Whoever lands Dickson will get a player that can flip the field better than any punter in college football did in 2017. Dickson, of course, won the 2017 Ray Guy Award, which is awarded to the nation’s best punter, for his efforts.