McAfee Gets Call From Colts

Pat McAfee

West Virginia had a long tie to the Indianapolis Colts in the form of kicker Mike Vanderjagt, and that association was continued when Pat McAfee was picked by the NFL team in the final round of the draft

McAfee earned second team all-league honors as both a punter and a placekicker for West Virginia, averaging 44.8 yards per boot and hitting 17-20 field goal attempts. His versatility likely made him attractive to the Colts, where he could compete at either position, and also potentially as a kickoff specialist.

The Colts have veteran Adam Vinatieri solidly entrenched at placekicker, so McAfee isn't likely to eject him from his job. However, Mike Dragosavich, who has yet to attempt an NFL punt, is the only punter on the roster, which would seem to indicate that the Colts intend to have a competition for their punting job.

McAfee is the third Mountaineer taken in the 2009 draft, following Pat White (Miami Dolphins) and Ellis Lankster (Buffalo Bills).

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