Mitch Wishnowsky

Utah
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Prospect Info

College
Utah
Hometown
Class
Perth
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
218 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.25
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
San Francisco
49ers
Round 4 ‧ Pick 8
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40 Yard Dash
4.63u
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Bench Press
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Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
117.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Wishnowsky was an Australian Rules Football player in Perth growing up but had to give up that sport due to a chronic shoulder injury. He took up American football and caught the eye of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. Wishnowsky did have to attend a junior college for one year before enrolling at Utah, so he played at Santa Barbara (Calif.) Community College in 2014 (39.8 yards per punt, 30 of 63 inside the 20-yard line). He did not play football in 2015, but then came on like gangbusters the following fall. He won the 2016 Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter and earned consensus All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 honors after leading the FBS in net punting (44.63 yard-average) and 50-plus yard punts (30 of 64). He ranked second nationally with a gross average of 47.7 yards per kick. Wishnowsky was a third-team Associated Press All-American, first-team All-Pac-12, and finalist for the Ray Guy Award in 2017, ranking sixth in the country with a 43.9-yard gross average. He also took over kickoff duties in 2017 (44 touchbacks on 65 kickoffs) and used his Aussie Rules Football tackling skills five times on coverage that year. In 2018, he was named AP second-team All-American. He did not kick off for the Utes in his senior season, but his punting was once again outstanding as he landed Associated Press second-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 honors. Wishnowsky finished 10th in the FBS with a 45.2-yard per punt gross average. He forced 25 fair catches on his 59 punts, placing 24 kicks inside the 20, but also saw three of his kicks blocked.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5
Overview
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.
Strengths
  • Desired NFL frame for punter
  • Good athletic ability to go get poor snaps
  • Has shown ability to expedite his process if needed
  • Prevents returns with adequate hang-time and consistent control
  • Fewer than 100 total return yards over last 106 punts
  • Has experience punting in excessive wind
Weaknesses
  • Inconsistent at flipping field when it was most needed
  • Had just two explosive punts in 2018
  • Led college football with three punts blocked in final season
  • Made delayed Aussie Rules punts into oncoming, overloaded fronts

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league