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2018 NFL Draft: Johnny Townsend scouting report, how he fits with Raiders

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What does the Raiders fifth round pick bring to the team?

NCAA Football: Massachusetts at Florida Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Townsend, P, Florida


6’1”, 210 lbs


2017: 64 Punts, 47.5 AVG, 27 Punts inside the 20

2016: 64 Punts, 47.9 AVG, 27 Punts inside the 20

2015: 83 Punts, 45.4 AVG, 30 Punts inside the 20

2014: 29 Punts, 29.0 AVG, 6 Punts inside the 20


2017 Second-Team All-American

2017 First-Team All-SEC

2016 First-Team All-American

2016 First-Team All-SEC

2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll

2015 Second-Team All-SEC

2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll

2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll


This past season, Townsend became Florida’s all-time leading punter in program history with 11,090 yards and 240 total punts. He has a cannon for a leg and his 47.5 yards-per-punt ranked second in the FBS this past year. In 2016, Townsend led all of college football with a 47.9 yard average distance on his kicks.

The SEC’s all-time leader in career yards-per-punt (46.2) was also considered one of the best directional punters in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Raiders also signed Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro in free agency after a great career with the Gators, and Townsend has familiarity as he was Pineiro’s placekick holder in college as well.


The only negatives evaluators have found with the former Gator is that he too often out-kicks his coverage and that he has no experience as a kickoff specialist.

Fit with Raiders

After moving on from Marquette King, it seems the Raiders have found their new punter. He can also take over as placekick holder. He has only held for right footed kickers, mainly for Pineiro at Florida, but he said he has the ability to hold for a left footed kicker as well, in case Giorgio Tavecchio is the Raiders’ kicker again this year. As the team’s 5th round pick, Townsend is the favorite to win the starting job over former UC Davis punter Colby Wadman.

Shane Lechler and King made their money with their monster legs as well as held on field goal attempts and it seems Townsend is ready to step-in as the next punter with a cannon. If he can improve his accuracy, he could become one of the better players at his position in the NFL.

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