Johnny Townsend

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Prospect Info

College
Florida
Hometown
Class
Orlando, FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
210 lbs
30 5/8”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Oakland
Raiders
Round 5 ‧ Pick 36
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Even Ohio State and Alabama couldn't pull Townsend, a U.S. Army All-American and first-team all-state selection as a senior, away from his parents' alma mater. In fact, his brother, Tommy, tried making his own way by signing with Tennessee as a specialist, but wound up transferring to UF before the 2016 season. Johnny more than picked up the slack the past two years, finishing his Gators career by winning second-team Associated Press All-American and second-team All-SEC honors as a senior. Townsend finished second in the FBS with a 47.5-yard gross average during the regular season, placing 27 punts inside the 20 with five touchbacks and forcing 13 fair catches. He was a second-team All-SEC pick in 2016, as well, after leading the FBS with a 47.9-yard gross average. He forced 18 fair catches and placed 27 kicks inside the 20-yard line against only seven touchbacks on the year. Townsend was a second-team all-conference pick by league coaches as a sophomore, ranking third in the FBS with a 45.4 gross average (26-of-83 kicks were fair catches, 30 inside the 20, five touchbacks). He kicked in six games as a freshman in 2013 (42.0 average, 6-of-29 punts inside the 20) when veteran Kyle Christy struggled, and then redshirted the 2014 season when Christy righted the ship.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
Overview
Townsend possesses natural leg strength and can get ahold of punts without seeming to exert much effort. Unfortunately, he has allowed too many return yards over the last two seasons due to a lack of hang time to distance traveled for the punt. While the leg strength is there, he'll need work on technique and operation time to close the gap between gross and net punts.
Strengths
  • Possesses a strong, quiet leg
  • Able to boom punts out of his own end of the field
  • Posted career average of 46.2 yards per punt
  • Had highest gross average in 2017
  • Works too quickly to block his punt
  • Confident and capable as directional punter
  • Uses flip-flop tool to deaden the 50-plus punts
  • Capable tackler when needed
Weaknesses
  • Too frequently outkicks his coverage
  • Hang time just 4.2 seconds this year which doesn't allow coverage to get down the field
  • May need to slow down his touch-to-toe clock
  • Offers no kickoff value
  • Had just 12.3 percent of his punts end up inside 10-yard line

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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