The Jets began the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday by selecting Texas A&M punter Braden Mann at No. 191.
Mann was one of the top specialist prospects in the 2016 recruiting class, but became a starter in 2018. He was the kickoff specialist for the Aggies his first two seasons (55 touchbacks on 76 kicks in '16 and 33 on 77 in '17).
He won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter his first year starting and earned unanimous All-American honors. He set the NCAA record with 51.0 yards per punt, placing 19 of 50 punts inside the 20-yard line and forcing 11 fair catches. When Mann's 2018 season ended, only fellow Aggie Shane Lechler, averaged more yards per punt over a whole season in football history between the NFL, NCAA and CFL.
Mann was a second-team AP All-American and first-team All-SEC this past season, averaging 47.1 yards per punt, which ranked in the top-five nationally. He placed 26 of 57 punts inside the 20 and had only 4 touchbacks. Mann also recorded 7 tackles in coverage. For his career, 54.3% of his punts went 50-plus yards and 66% of his kickoffs went for touchbacks.
Mann is the 12th Texas A&M player drafted by the Jets and the first since G Jarvis Harrison, taken in Round 5 in 2015. The two Aggies chosen before that were both top Jets corners: Aaron Glenn with the 12th overall selection in 1994 and Ray Mickens in Round 3 (62nd) in 1996.
Mann is also the second A&M punter taken by the Jets, the first being Steve O'Neal with the 338th pick of 1969. O'Neal still holds the record for longest punt in NFL history for the 98-yarder he launched as Denver in his rookie season.
Lachlan Edwards, the Jets' incumbent punter, is an unrestricted free agent. He was selected at No. 235 in Round 7 out of Sam Houston State.
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