The Detroit Lions allowed former punter Sam Martin to walk away in free agency in the 2020 offseason, so they will need to add another one either during the 2020 NFL Draft or late into the offseason process following the draft. The most likely option is they add a punter in sometime on day three of the draft.
Over his career at the University of Florida, Tommy Townsend punted the ball a total of 93 times for 4,162 yards. On those punts, Townsend averaged almost 45 yards per punt (44.8) and holds the team record for most punt yards in a single game (432 yards).
Townsend booted 25 punts 50 yards or more over his two years of playing in a starting role and downed 44 punts inside the 20-yard line, meaning almost half of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line. His career-long punt is 71 yards which he did twice in college.
Townsend was named a semi-finalist for the Ray Guy Award in both of his starting years at Florida, which is handed out to the nation’s best punter in college football. Spending a late pick in the seventh round on a punter that averaged almost 45 yards per punt and has a habit of downing them inside the 20-yard line is a very good pick for a Lions team that is missing a punter.