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Call ‘came out of the blue’: Interest in former Saint ahead of NFL draft

“We had a good conversation. He wanted to say hello and tell me what they wanted to do and their situation.”

The Lions are not the only NFL team showing interest in the 27-year-old punter in the lead-up to this week’s NFL draft.

The Atlanta Falcons have also kept in regular touch with Siposs.

The New York Jets, in the market for a punter after not re-signing Australian Lachlan Edwards, also gave Siposs a call.

After two seasons with Auburn, one of American college football’s elite programs, Siposs entered the draft and is considered one of the top punting prospects.

History, his Australian accent and an AFL background are on his side.

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The San Francisco 49ers pulled off a surprise move last year when they took Perth punter Mitch Wishnowsky in the fourth round.

In 2018 the Seattle Seahawks grabbed former Sydney Swans junior Michael Dickson in the fifth round.

Siposs, who played for the Saints in the AFL from 2011 to 2015 before moving to Alabama to punt for Auburn, has noticed how the eyes of NFL scouts and special teams co-ordinators light up when they hear his accent or are told he is Australian.

Australians raised on Aussie rules have transformed punting in US college football and the NFL, while Siposs revealed he was unable to unleash his full portfolio of punts at Auburn.

“They knew I had a spiral punt, but they were happy with the end-over-end stuff and wanted that to continue,” he said.

“It was a classic, ‘if it’s not broken don’t fix it’.”

Siposs released the shackles during February’s NFL combine where coaches, scouts and coordinators assessed what he could do.

“I was able to show teams I could kick a spiral and kick it consistently, which was great,” he said.

“Hopefully it puts me higher on the board.”

The combine was crucial this year for draft hopefuls, with the coronavirus pandemic stopping teams from holding workouts with players and face-to-face meetings.

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The seven-round draft begins 10am Friday AEST and ends Sunday AEST.

It is usually held in front of thousands of screaming fans with selected players walking on stage and shaking NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand but COVID-19 has forced it to be held online.

Siposs’ Auburn teammate defensive tackle Derrick Brown is expected to be a top- eight pick.

The Cincinnati Bengals are all but certain to select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first overall while the Washington Redskins are predicted to nab Ohio State defensive end Chase Young with the second pick.

AAP

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