The Falcons went with a specialist in the final round of the 2020 NFL Draft, selecting Sterling Hofrichter out of Syracuse University.
Atlanta has been searching for answers at the position with Matt Bosher now a free agent and coming off an injury. The team brought back his replacement in Ryan Allen, but he is not a long-term solution. The two will likely battle it out in training camp, but Hofrichter has the edge by default with the Falcons using a draft selection on him.
Hofrichter was a four-time Ray Guy Award candidate, the award for the nation’s top punter, and was the first player in Syracuse history to earn All-ACC First Team honors multiple times. He ended his college career No. 1 all-time at Syracuse in punting yardage and second in gross average (43.27). If the Falcons were going to find a long-term player out of their last selection, going with punter — a valid need — was the right call.