Maybe the Miami Dolphins shouldn’t draft punter Matt Araiza

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Matt Araiza (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Matt Araiza (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images) /
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San Diego Redshirt Freshman Matt Araiza (3) kicks a field goal in the first half during a game against San Diego State at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.Football Nmsu San Diego State 14 /

Reasons for the Miami Dolphins to draft Matt Araiza.

Who wouldn’t want a guy with a huge leg and the ability to flip the field?

The running joke is that the Miami Dolphins won’t be doing a whole lot of punting this upcoming season given their new weapons on offense, but they’ll certainly need to address the issue before mini-camps begin over the summer. The only picks that Miami holds in the 2022 Draft are mid-round selections, putting them in prime position to draft the Punt God.

They’d be getting a player with elite field-flipping talent, and has a style of kicking that allows the ball to roll even further upon landing. Araiza has so much power, in fact, that it is believed that NFL coaches will ask him to dial it back a bit in the name of hang time and precision.

He would certainly be a breath of fresh air for the Dolphins. Michael Palardy’s performance was nothing to write home about in 2021, producing similar numbers to the man he replaced in Matt Haack. It would not only be interesting to see how easily Araiza can flip the field for Miami, but Mike McDaniel could conjure up some serious special teams trick plays if he has a former track and field hurdler as a punter.