I have always felt that leg strength for a punter is more important than for a kicker, all things being equal.
My measure of a placekicker is whether he is automatic inside the 40-yard line, particularly when the game is on the line. One kicker who comes to mind in this vein is Don Sweet, whose leg strength was often questioned in his early days. However, his leg strength was just fine for the Canadian game and his accuracy was sterling. Accuracy is more important to me in the FG department than leg strength.
As for punters, leg strength is far more a key ingredient to success. A prime Hank Ilesic with the Esks was, well, lights out at around 50.0 yards per punt. The main compensation for not having a booming punting leg is the combined ability to have great punt placement and hang time. Two great punters of the past in this area for me were Ray Guy of the Oakland Raiders and Wally Buono for the Als of the 1970s. Guy had respectable punting power horizontally speaking, but was otherworldly in his hang time, being the only man to ever hit the TV screen gondola of the Louisiana Superdome (!) with a punt. I believe he should become the first punter to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for being the difference maker he was during the Raiders' championship heyday.
Buono, for his part, was not the longest punter you'd ever see, but he consistently was among the CFL leaders in net average because of his hang time and punt placement skills.
Ideally, one would love to see a remake of Ozzie or Bernie Ruoff -- a boomer in both roles. Hopefully Setta has the good leg condition and strength upgrade since his NCAA days to rise to the challenge. I look forward to training camp in that regard.
Oski Wee Wee,