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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Oct 15, 2021;; San Diego State Aztecs kicker Matt Araiza Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /

Reasons the Miami Dolphins shouldn’t draft Matt Araiza.

Every prospect comes with red flags, so don’t consider a mid-round special teamer any different.

With his booming leg and routine 60-yard punts, it is easy to become enamored with the idea of flipping the field. But with all of that power comes precision issues, as well. He struggles with accuracy in the coffin corner drill, and a high percentage of his pooch punts ended up as touchbacks, negating any idea of field flipping for the opponent. Araiza has been described as having “relative disregard for touchbacks and coverage consideration”, and his quick operation doesn’t allow ample time for his coverage team to get set against opposing returners.

Araiza’s stock is high, but there are other punters in the class who are far more accurate with solid legs themselves. Jordan Stout from Penn State has excellent precision on his punts, and Ryan Stonehouse of Colorado State also has a chance to get drafted in the later rounds. With the aforementioned holes to fill in certain areas, it may be wise of the Dolphins to let another team reach for Araiza, use their earlier draft picks for linebackers and depth, and find another way to acquire a legit punter.

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