5. Joseph Charlton
If you thought the last prospect was crazy, just wait till you hear about this one (and please, don’t report me to the authorities for being crazy, I just like to think outside the box).
The thing that makes Joseph Charlton an even crazier proposition than Jonathan Brown is that he was a punter in college and made no field goal attempts in college.
Yet, he is considered the best punter in the history of the University of South Carolina and set a school record with a 47.7 punt average last year — at least showing he’s got pop in his leg, although in a different art form.
Okay, here’s the part where I start making good points.
Like most college punters, Charlton was a kicker in high school – and a damn good one. In fact, he was ranked as the 14th best kicker in that nation coming out that year, but South Carolina saw his potential as a punter – as most did – as he was ranked the #2 punter in the country that year.
So, even though it was four years ago, I highly doubt Charlton forgot how to kick. He would hardly be the first guy to make the transition from punter to kicker in the NFL (although it’s usually the other way around), and he was thought of highly enough to be invited to the NFL combine.
So again, why not let him take up one of the 90 camp bodies and see what he can do? What’s the risk?