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2020 NFL Draft: Drafting a long-term punter for the Buffalo Bills

The Bills have lacked a true long-term punter since Brian Moorman

Originally claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills in September 2018, Corey Bojorquez was the team’s starting punter for the 2019 season after beating out Cory Carter in the Corey-vs-Cory Punterpalooza during training camp. Bojorquez’s performance during the season was largely inconsistent, however, prompting the Bills to sign Norwegian Kaare Vedvik to a future’s contract.

The struggles of Bojorquez, as well as previous starting punter Colton Schmidt, serve to point out that the team has not had a solid punter since the great Brian Moorman retired in 2014. If the Bills are intent on improving the team in all facets, perhaps the easiest way is to draft a young punter who could be developed into a long-term solution at the position. Below are a few options the team might consider during the 2020 Draft.

Tier I

Braden Mann (Texas A&M)

The consensus best player at the position, Mann earned the Ray Guy Award during the 2018 college football season. Unfortunately, he regressed a bit during his senior year. Still, Mann was able to bounce back thanks to an impressive Senior Bowl, which may get him drafted.

Tier II

Michael Turk (Arizona State)
Joseph Charlton (South Carolina)
Tommy Townsend (Florida)

Turk has bloodlines going for him—he’s the nephew of former NFL punter Matt Turk, who played 17 seasons in the league—and athletic talent. The former Sun Devil earned some press for putting up 25 reps on the bench press at the Combine. Charlton has a very strong leg: his 47.7 yards per punt average was the second-highest mark in the country in 2019, and he has some decent size and athleticism to boot. Townsend’s brother was drafted in the fifth-round in the 2018 Draft, so it’s reasonable to think that Tommy will also be drafted, considering his average yards per punt was a solid 45.4.