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Falcons draft bio: Syracuse punter Sterling Hofrichter

The Falcons selected Syracuse punter Sterling Hofichter in the seventh round of the draft.
The Falcons selected Syracuse punter Sterling Hofichter in the seventh round of the draft.

Falcons pick: Seventh round (228th overall) – Sterling Hofrichter, P, Syracuse

Height: 5-foot-10. Weight: 196 pounds.

Overview: He averaged 43.2 yards per punt. "He's got the leg," ESPN analyst Mel Kiper said. "He can boom it. You like for punters to be a little bigger ... his hang time is amazing. The ball jumps off his foot." Hofritcher is the fourth player Atlanta has drafted from Syracuse and the first since 2014 (Marquis Sprull). The Florida native was the Orange's starting punter for all 49 games from 2016-19, succeeding NFL punter Riley Dixon. He was a 2019 finalist for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation's top punter. Hofritcher ended his college career with the most punting yardage (11,651) in the school's history, second-most in gross average (43.27) and second-most in number of punts (270).

AJC’s 2020 POSITION BY POSITION DRAFT SERIES

Quarterbacks: Joe Burrow leads classTop 10
Running backs: Cam Akers' life lessonTop 10
Tight ends:  Harrison Bryant top prospect Top 10 
Guards/Centers:  Solomon Kindley a late-rounderTop 10 
Offensive tackles:  Austin Jackson's life lesson | Top 10 
Wide receivers: Jeudy or Lamb  | Top 10
Defensive tackles: Brown, Kinlaw stand outTop 10
Defensive ends: A 'generational' talentTop 10
Linebackers: Simmons a position-less LBTop 10
Safeties: Loaded with Georgia talent | Top 10
Special teams:  Georgia's kick-centered | Return with flashTop 10
Cornerbacks:  Jeff Okudah a lockdown CB | Top 10

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