Has a good strength leg that is able to fairly consistently get good hang time. Does a nice job preventing returns. Shows the leg strength to kick his team out of danger. Works the short field well and can pin teams deep in their territory.
Needs to be more consistent with his directional kicking and when working the short field. Will get a bit too many touchbacks in that area. Tends to line drive punts when he's trying to kick for distance, and doesn't always kick his team out of danger.
He can play right away and be a capable rookie. He's not spectacular, but fairly consistent, although he needs some more polish. Had his best season as a senior, with a career high average of 44.6 yards per punt. Over 40% of his punts the past two seasons were placed inside the 20-yard line.
Donahue is a guy that can stick right away in the NFL, and while it's going to take him a few years before he can become a top punter, I do think he is likely to become that. He's probably not a guy that is going to average over 45 yards per punt on a consistent basis in the pros, but he's a guy that can get you 42-43 yards per punt and be able to pin teams deep and force a lot of fair catches.
Donahue would probably be a very good directional punter in time in Atlanta. As a rookie, he wouldn't be an upgrade over Koenen, but if the Falcons were to let him go this off-season, he would be an adequate replacement. His issue in Atlanta is that he has no collegiate experience as a kickoff guy, and probably would result in the team having to make a move to get a kickoff specialist or a change at the kicker spot since that has never been a strength of Matt Bryant.
Donahue is worth a late round pick for a team looking for a solid, all-around punter. But he would probably be a reach anywhere before the late sixth round since there is nothing special about him.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Leg Strength: 3.5
Directional Kicking: 3.0
Clutch Kicking: 3.5
Scouting reports of the kickers, punts, and long snappers in the 2011 Draft.
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