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The 49ers kick off their third-day draft picks with Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky

Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the 49ers on Saturday.
Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the 49ers on Saturday. AP

The 49ers went an unconventional route in the fourth round of the NFL draft, taking the first punter off the board.

They selected Australian Mitch Wishnowsky with the 110th overall pick after losing Bradley Pinion in free agency to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March.

Wishnowsky, 27, spent the last three seasons at Utah after transferring from Santa Barbara City College. He averaged 45.7 yards on 175 punts for the Utes, including 74 that were pinned inside the 20-yard line.

Wishnowsky also handled kickoffs, logging 45 of 68 for touchbacks. He won the Ray Guy Award in 2016 and was a finalist the following two seasons. He was born in Perth, Australia, and has a background in soccer, track and Australian rules football.

The 49ers entered the third day of the NFL draft with the 104th pick, but traded with the Cincinnati Bengals for picks 110, 183 and 198. San Francisco also traded linebacker and special teams standout Dekoda Watson, and a sixth-round pick, to the Denver Broncos for a fifth-round choice.

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