NFL Draft Class: 2007 (1rst Specialist)
Hometown Rochester, NY
High School: Pittsford Sutherland HS
ADDITIONAL RELATED STORIES:
Podlesh is an Un-Typical NFL Draft Prospect - "In fact, Podlesh, a soccer player in middle school, says he began playing football better at placekicking than punting because of the similar kicking motion to soccer. He credits his development as a punter to the two summers he spent in high school working with renowned coach Paul Assad in Modesto, Calif. Assad coaches both kickers and punters, and his previous clients include Sebastian Janikowski of the Oakland Raiders."
Pittsford's Podlesh eagerly awaits draft day
....my punting technique was self-taught," Podlesh says. "I tried to pick up what I could by watching guys on television. Coach Assad taught me some really useful techniques that helped me both with distance and accuracy. From that point on, I began to feel that punting, not placekicking, was going to be what I would do at the next level."
Adam Podlesh, the only Jewish football player on the Maryland squad, takes pride in defying the odds for Jewish athletes.
General Area Workouts for Pro Teams: N/A
Paul Assad, Pro College Football Player Development and Scouting comments: Very strong player. Able to do both kick and punt. Accredits Paul Assad for teaching him to punt when he was in high school. Technique is slightly different 3 steps but first step is with his right foot backward then walks to forward and only covers 2 yards approximately. Was best player in NFL Combine Punting propelled himself ahead of Daniel Sepulveda in Draft taken as the first Specialist overall.
NFL TOTALS: 27 games, 0 starts
POSTSEASON TOTALS: 2 games, 0 starts
TRANSACTIONS: Originally drafted in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2007 draft.
Second-year punter returns from knee injury that sidelined him for final five games of the 2008 season … Possesses strong leg with solid directional kicking abilities … Has played in 27 games and has punted 100 times for 4,238 yards with 42.4-yard average (36.7 net) … Totaled 26 punts inside the 20 … Also serves as holder on placekicks … Finished rookie season ranked seventh in the AFC with a 36.9-yard net average with 14 punts downed inside the 20 and only two TBs … Played in all 16 games and both postseason games … Was first punter taken in the 2007 draft and highest drafted punter in Jaguars history … Four-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer who finished with 43.1 career average … First Maryland player drafted by the Jaguars ...