Round 5, Pick 32 (165 OVR)
Winning the field position battle is a huge part of success in the NFL, and given how dreadful Nick Harris was, it's not surprising the Lions were 4-12 last year.
With that said, picking up a quality punter was a priority for Martin Mayhew and the Lions.
Few predicted they'd spend a fifth-round pick on one, though.
Maybe the Lions were flustered after the Jacksonville Jaguars plucked Denard Robinson out from under their noses. Maybe Sam Martin will be the next Shane Lechler.
On the other hand does anyone thing he wouldn't have been available in the seventh round or, gasp, as an undrafted free agent?
I digress. I could lament this pick all day. Here's his projected impact.
According to ESPN, Sam Martin out of Appalachian State is a strong legged and versatile specialist who can handle kickoffs as well as punting duties and it's that versatility that made him so attractive to the Lions.
He enters the perfect situation with Jason Hanson's retirement and Nick Harris's release. There is an opening at both positions and he shouldn't have a problem nailing down one of them.
Get a good look at him, Lions fans, Martin is your punter/kicker of the future. We'll see if he lasts as long as Hanson did.