SALT LAKE CITY — The first specialist taken in the 2019 NFL draft is from Utah.
The San Francisco 49ers selected former Ute punter Mitch Wishnowsky in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft Saturday with the 110th overall pick.
"The 49ers ranked 27th in gross punt average last season. Wishnowsky fills a need as he is the most consistent punter in this class," NFL.com's Mark Dulgerian wrote of the selection.
Wishnowsky was a top-level punter for the Utes for the past three seasons. He was top 10 in the country in net punting every year at Utah and led the country in net punting (44.63 yards) in 2016. He also had 62 career punts of 50-plus yards, second all-time in Utah history.
He is the third Ute taken in this year's draft. Safety Marquise Blair was taken by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round, then the Seahawks drafted linebacker Cody Barton in the third round.
Wishnowsky is the highest drafted punter since 2012 when Jacksonville selected California's Bryan Anger in the third round with the 70th overall pick.
Historical context: Wishnowsky is the third Utah punter ever taken in the NFL draft, joining Rick Partridge (1979, eighth round, Green Bay) and Marv Bateman (1972, third round, Dallas).3 comments on this story
Accolades: 2016 Ray Guy Award winner, three-time All-American, including consensus first-teamer in 2016 and a second-teamer the past two years, three-time Ray Guy Award finalist
Scouting Wishnowsky: "Wishnowsky's punting style is more about control than power and once he gets into the league and eliminates the Aussie punts, we will see his hang time take a big step up. While teams might like to see a little more leg from him when it is time to flip the field, his consistency and ability to work with control as a pooch punter will be more meaningful," writes NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein.