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4. Lachlan Edwards
New York Jets
This one was difficult. Number 4 on the list may seem unjust to the Victorian, Edwards who could easily be the highest placed of the trio of Aussie punters on this list.
Coming from an AFL background, Edwards grew up playing junior footy with some of the AFL’s biggest names in Adam Treloar, Tom Lynch, Dylan Shiel and others.
Coming through the college system, Edwards played for Sam Houston State University in Texas where he led the NCAA with a 44.4-yard punting average.
He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL draft by the New York Jets - the first time the Jets had drafted a punter since 1993.
The New York Jets are struggling on offense, with franchise Quarterback Sam Darnold recently being ruled out for the next few weeks with Mono, and back up QB Trevor Siemian ruled out for the remainder of the season, with a badly broken ankle.
Expect to see a LOT of Lachlan Edwards and his booming punts this season as he pulls the Jets offense out of a lot of trouble.
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3. Cameron Johnston
Similar to Edwards, Johnston also came from an AFL background. Born in Geelong, Johnston played Aussie Rules football in the Geelong area before being drafted by Melbourne Football Club in the 2011 AFL rookie draft.
After being de-listed by Melbourne, Johnston looked to pursue a career in the NFL. Johnston picked up a scholarship with the Ohio State Buckeyes, regarded as one of the most prestigious football schools in America.
After having a very successful college career and playing a major part in Ohio State’s National Championship winning side in 2014, Johnston unfortunately went undrafted.
He was later signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. Last year was his debut NFL season where he set franchise records with the Eagles, with a punting average of 48.1 yards, ranking third overall in the NFL.
Johnston has had a strong start to the 2019 season and will look to continue that throughout, as he has a major role in the Eagles efforts of trying to repeat their 2017/18 Super Bowl winning season.