Well, the Cleveland Browns have finally drafted a player who is not on the defensive side of the ball. But, the pick is actually on special teams, not offense. With the 170th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Browns selected kicker Austin Seibert of Oklahoma. This pick was acquired from the New England Patriots for wide receiver Josh Gordon.
The Browns were definitely in the market for a kicker as Greg Joseph did not produce a lot of confidence from his performance last season. With that said, I am surprised they drafted a kicker rather than signing a veteran in free agency.
At Oklahoma, Seibert handled the kicking, punting and kickoff duties for the Sooners, but he is best as a kicker. He played four seasons at Oklahoma. Last year as a senior, Seibert made 17-of-19 kicks and 87-of-88 extra points for the Sooners. As a punter last year, he had 31 punts for an average of 40.9 yards per punt. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had this to say about the Browns newest kicker:
Seibert’s ability to offer value in three kicking departments will certainly factor into how teams view him, but he’s not a fulltime punter and he lacks the consistency and 50-plus totals that teams expect from draftable kickers.
In 2018, he earned the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year award and was a first-team All-Big 12 selection. He broke his own single-season record for most points in a season last year as he posted 138 points. Kickers are people, too!