2019 – K Austin Seibert (Round 5: Pick 31, 170th overall)
Yeah, 2019 was that disappointing. Any time you have a kicker as the best player you drafted then you clearly missed somewhere down else. The Browns gave up their first-round draft pick in the Odell Beckham trade, meaning the first pick they had was in the second round. They took Greedy Williams, a cornerback from LSU, who was good but inconsistent.
In the third-round was Sione Takitaki, a BYU linebacker has shown promise and did good in spot situations, so did fifth-round linebacker Mack Wilson. Both men are looked at as possible starters for the team in 2020 unless the team makes a decision to bring in more talent around them at linebacker. Fourth-round pick, Sheldrick Redwine is a safety from Miami and made little impact in 2019. The same could be said for guard Drew Forbes, taken in the sixth round and seventh-round cornerback Donnie Lewis.
Right now, the best player is Austin Seibert. A teammate of Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma, Seibert won the job out of camp. He went on to have a good rookie campaign, scoring 105 total points, and hitting 30 of 35 extra points, in addition to 25 of 29 field goals. The Browns have never had anyone show they can replace the great Phil Dawson since he left the team, but maybe Seibert can be the next great kicker.
He is, after all, wearing Dawson’s old number four. It’ll be interesting to see if he can keep up the pace, and improve on his numbers. We’ll also have to keep an eye out on guys like Williams, Takitaki or Wilson, and see if one of them is able to make the jump to stardom on the Browns.