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
Callaway, a junior from Florida, had a disappointing career with the Gators that’s been marred by off-field issues. He bursted onto the scene as a freshman, racking up 35 678 receiving yards and four touchdowns — one of which being a game-winning score over rival Tennessee — on 35 catches. In between his freshman and sophomore years, he was accused, then cleared, of sexual assault. The next year, he had 721 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 54 catches. But Callaway missed his whole junior year due to alleged credit card fraud. Things got worse for Callaway this week when news broke that he failed a drug test at the NFL Combine.
Scouting report: Callaway showed electric talent while with the Gators, quickly becoming one of their top playmakers on offense. He hasn’t seen the field since 2016. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein says, “his character concerns are at a point where they could derail any opportunity for a career. His talent and explosiveness gives him a good shot at making a roster at some point, but being able to stay on track and reach his potential is starting to feel unlikely.”
““Antonio Callaway, on talent, is a first-round draft choice. He entered the year as one of the elite 15 best players at any position, possibly, that were draft eligible. So, the off-field concerns are what’s going to be impacting him. We saw what’s happened with some players over the years that get pushed down, and once the light goes on, they mature and they put that in the past and they move on. They can evolve and develop.”” – Mel Kiper Jr.
Bryan, a redshirt junior with the Gators, is from Casper, Wyoming. A three-star prospect coming out of Natrona County (Wy.) High, he chose to come east and play for the Gators. He finished his Florida career with 27 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Scouting report: Bryan only started for two seasons in Gainesville, and he could still be a work-in-progress for an NFL team. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein says Bryan is a “talented defender with rare athletic ability and play traits.”
“Bryan is a freakish talent who didn’t produce to his ability at Florida; he had only 5.5 career sacks. But there were games (turn on the Texas A&M tape from 2017) in which he looked like a top-10 pick. … Bryan is raw, but he could be a star given time (and coaching) to develop.” – Mel Kiper Jr.