Although Matt Araiza may have been the most well-known punter to enter the NFL draft in recent memory, it appears that NFL teams did not place the highest importance on him as a draft prospect.
The punter from San Diego State University who was regarded as “Punt God” in many different college football circles ended up being the third punter selected in the 2022 NFL draft. The Baltimore Ravens selected Penn State’s Jordan Stout with the 130th overall choice in the fourth round.
Three picks later, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Georgia’s Jake Camarda with the 133rd overall pick in the same round. Stout was the first punter taken.
The Buffalo Bills selected Araiza with the first pick of the sixth round, which was the 180th overall pick in the draft.
Araiza, who was a consensus All-American and the winner of the 2021 Ray Guy Award given to the nation’s best punter in college football, didn’t exactly have the NFL debut that many people had envisioned for him.
During the previous campaign, Araiza became an internet phenomenon after delivering numerous memorable plays for the Aztecs, including this 86-yard monster:
How Much Does Matt Araiza Make?
The average annual earnings for Matt Araiza is $969,037. Araiza’s salary for 2022 will be $700,000 base salary and $216,148 signing bonus.