“With the 170th pick in the 2019 Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Austin Seibert, K, Oklahoma.”— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 27, 2019
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I’m certain that hearing another Oklahoma Sooner will be heading to Cleveland is comforting and welcome to Brown fans after Seibert’s selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. It’s pretty clear what direction the Cleveland Browns are heading in when one looks at their activity in the draft— they have not selected any skill position players on offense, rather they have spent those picks on defense. They have seemingly created a clear narrative that they are set on offense, trying to bolster their defense, and lastly with the selection of Austin Seibert, they are trying to improve and diversify their Special Teams. It’s no question that people tuning in to see the Baker Mayfield show should expect to see Seibert on kickoffs with his cannon of a leg. However, it remains to be seen how special he can be if he can specialize in one area of his kicking duties.
Austin’s tenure in Norman will solely be missed by the Sooners. Prior to Seibert’s arrival on campus, Oklahoma had been recruiting kickers such as Michael Hunnicutt, Jimmy Stevens, and Garrett Hartley— one of which had an NFL career. Seibert came to the program as one of the most highly recruited specialists in quite some time and he was much better than all other specialists in Norman, so Austin took care of all kicking duties. He will leave Oklahoma as the leading scorer in Oklahoma history as well as the Big XII with 499 points.
According to NFL Scouts, one of Austin’s strengths is his versatility, as he handled all kicking duties during his tenure with the Oklahoma Sooners. However, the biggest upside for Seibert is his perceived strong leg and experience in “meaningful and stress-filled contests.” One of his “weaknesses” can be blamed on quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, as he never really had the opportunity to kick field goals over fifty yards (and when he did, he was 1-3).