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Analyzing the Browns rookies: K Austin Seibert

We can read all of the draft magazines and in-depth breakdowns we want, and while some are truly fantastic (looking at yours, Dane Brugler), we still won't know a whole lot about the Browns' newest draft class until they take the field in Berea.

In order to pass the time, why not read another breakdown?

I had a chance to watch some cut-ups of Cleveland's draft class this week and took some brief notes. We'll roll these out with one or two per day this week. Next up, Oklahoma kicker Austin Seibert.


Name: Austin Seibert

Position: Kicker

Age: 22

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 214 lbs

Hometown: Belleville, Illinois

College: Oklahoma

Round selected: Fifth (170th overall)

THE TAPE: He's short but has a thick trunk. It's evident where his power comes from, and his pro day tape included him hitting 55-yard attempts with relative ease inside Oklahoma's indoor facility. He didn't get to kick many long field goals in the last two seasons (his longest made attempts: 51 and 42 yards in 2017 and 2018), partially because Oklahoma had an incredible offense and preferred to go for it on fourth down, but he still made 17 of 19 field goals and 87 of 88 PATs in 2018.

THE FIELD: Seibert drilled most of his kicks during rookie minicamp, which took place in the team's indoor facility with the doors open, allowing colder outside air to filter in. It didn't seem to affect Seibert, who attempted his kicks with little time between them. He also had some interesting things to say during Friday's availability, calling himself "a football player who kicks," and explaining how he played quarterback in the past and isn't afraid to stick his nose into some traffic. Seibert also said he grew up in the rural area around St. Louis but played on the inner-city pee-wee teams to make himself a better player and improve his chances of winning, adding his teams usually dominated the ones for which his neighbors played.

THE FIT: Seibert will compete with Greg Joseph for the lone job. After a season in which kicking was a primary issue for the Browns (mostly before Joseph's arrival), this competition will be important. This job isn't tough to break down: you either make the kicks or you don't. Seibert's accuracy, which improved on an annual basis while at Oklahoma, will be tested under the pressure of both being drafted and also battling for a job.