The NFL Experts at Scout.com, reported that the Falcons showed interest in Baylor punter Daniel Sepulveda, interviewing him during Tuesday’s practices at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL.
Sepulveda won the Ray Guy Award this past season, awarded to the nation’s best punter, making him the only two-time winner ever after winning the award in 2004 as well. Sepulveda tore the ACL in his non-kicking knee in April prior to the season, making his accomplishment all the more significant. He had originally suffered a partial tear of the ligament in his knee in 2004, but it was not caught on the MRI at the time.
Sepulveda is widely considered to be this year’s top punter in the draft, and is considered a potential late round pick. Many reports out of Mobile have remarked on his impressive 6’2″ 228 physique and that he is built like a linebacker. Notably, Sepulveda contemplated a position change to that position earlier in his career at Baylor.
If the Falcons are seriously interested in drafting Sepulveda, it might indicate that the team is prepared to try punter Michael Koenen again at kicker in 2007, instead of re-signing Morten Andersen.
Koenen began 2006 as in the dual role as both punter and kicker, but struggled in the latter duties, only making 3 of 9 field goal attempts in the first two games. The team then signed Andersen, who made 20 of his 23 attempts. Andersen is currently set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 2.