Florida’s Johnny Townsend selected by Raiders in 5th round of NFL Draft

Eddy Pineiro #15 and Johnny Townsend #19 of the Florida Gators celebrate after Pineiro hit a 41-yard field goal in the first half during their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Florida’s Johnny Townsend was the 36th pick in the fifth round (No. 173 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

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Johnny Townsend is one of the top punters in Florida history. Mel Kiper Jr. rated him as the top punter or kicker in the class. In four seasons with the Gators, he kicked 240 punts for 11,090 yards (46.2 avg.). As a senior, he was a second-team AP All-American and second-team All-SEC honors. If he and teammate Eddy Piniero both get drafted, they would be the first kicker/punter teammates to be selected in the same draft since the draft went to seven rounds in 1994, according to SEC Country.

Scouting report: Townsend has a strong leg, which puts him among the top punting prospects in this year’s draft. He has a lot of experience, too, due to the Gators’ offensive struggles the last few years.

From the experts

“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.” – Lance Zierlein