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5 things to know about new Browns OL Kevin Zeitler

  1. Zeitler has started 72 games, including the past 32 in a row, for the Bengals since he was selected as a late first-round pick (27th overall) in the 2012 draft. He's also started four playoff games.
  1. Zeitler joins a Browns offensive line room that has gotten much deeper over the past 24 hours. Cleveland added two other players with significant starting experience in former Green Bay center JC Tretter and former 49ers starter Marcus Martin, the latter of whom was claimed off waivers. Cleveland has a nice mix of veterans and youth spearheaded by Joe Thomas and John Greco. Left guard Joel Bitonio, who signed an extension Thursday, is entering his fourth season while young players Cameron Erving, Spencer Drango and Shon Coleman are looking to build off their respective 2016 performances.
  1. Zeitler's biggest claim to fame at Wisconsin is this impressive stat: Over 37 starts, Zeitler did not allow a single sack, according to film analysis. He was credited with 68 touchdown-producing blocks and made the Rose Bowl as both a junior or senior. The Badgers' starting offensive line during Zeitler's senior season included big-name NFL linemen Ricky Wagner and Travis Frederick.
  1. Zeitler was a part of one of their more odd moments in recent draft history. Shortly before Zeitler was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2012, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who starred at Rutgers, received a prank call that he'd been drafted by the Bengals. Ironically, the Bengals wound up drafting Sanu two rounds later.
  1. Zeitler grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and only knew winning at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. He made a name for himself at Wisconsin for more than just his football accolades, as the kinesiology major landed on the Big Ten's All-Academic team as both a junior and senior.
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