The Lions will likely be parting ways with punter Sam Martin this offseason and could look to the draft to find his replacement. It’s fairly unpopular to use a draft pick on a punter, but the A&M player, Braden Mann, is worth the sixth-round draft pick. Mann can pinpoint both the longer and shorter kicks and is capable of flipping field position from anywhere on the field.
Mann could also take over the kick-off duties for Detroit, giving them a dual-threat who can kick it for a touchback when he needs but is also very good at pooch kicks that pin the opponents inside the 20. Mann has the skill set to become a top punter in the NFL, he just needs to learn to not out kick his coverage so much.
Lance Zierlein, from NFL.com, had a good deal of notes on Mann, including that he averages just under 50 yards per punt for his career. Also, he lists that Mann kicks over 54 percent of his punts over 50 yards and that he is capable of solid directional punting.
Through trades, the Lions managed to fill many of their needs. From a starting wide-out to multiple linemen to a punter, Detroit fixes many holes and can begin to eye the playoffs for the 2020 season.