The New York Jets addressed their special teams with their penultimate pick on Saturday, drafting former Aggie Braden Mann.
New York addressed their special teams, adding Texas A&M punter Braden Mann with the first of two sixth-round picks. It’s the Jets’ penultimate choice of the draft proceedings.
With Lac Edwards likely on his way out, the Jets bring in the record-breaking Mann. The former Aggie was a unanimous All-American in 2018 and set numerous records while pinning opponents deep. His average of 50.9 yards per kick, for example, set a new NCAA record and he also set the record for most punts of at least 60 yards.
Mann will likely compete for the job with former Steelers summer kicker Ian Berryman, the other punter on the roster. So long as Mann can replicate his production from his college days, he should have the edge over Berryman.
The young Aggie doesn’t lack for confidence. In college, Mann would love to get downfield and try and make plays following his booming punts.
“I used to play linebacker, back when I was younger. I like to think I make a decent 11th man on the coverage team,” Mann said via Robby Sabo of Jets X Factor.
It’s not every year teams draft punters, but Mann is a different story. He has all the hype from his days in college and a swagger to match.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags