Oklahoma kicker Austin Seibert has made it to the NFL.
Seibert was picked by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL draft on Saturday afternoon, making him the seventh Sooner to selected in this draft.
Seibert departs OU as the all-time leading scorer for a kicker in NCAA history.
Former Oklahoma kicker Austin Seibert has been drafted by the Cleveland Browns in round five, pick No. 170.
Seibert was one of Oklahoma’s most successful kickers in program history, starting all four years as the punter, field goal kicker and kickoff man. He broke the NCAA record for points scored in a career, becoming the NCAA’s all-time leader in points among kickers. He was a 79.7 percent field goal kicker, missing 16 field goals his entire career.
Seibert will now join former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield in Cleveland.
The Browns on Saturday selected Oklahoma K Austin Seibert with the No. 170 pick in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Seibert is the Browns’ fifth selection in the draft, following LSU CB Greedy Williams (No. 46), BYU LB Sione Takitaki (No. 80), Miami S Sheldrick Redwine (No. 119) and Alabama LB Mack Wilson (No. 155).
“I think the three big things about him is that he had an extraordinary productive career, also has a huge leg and he is very, very competitive,” Browns scout Josh Cox said. “It is a young career for me, but I haven’t seen a kicker as competitive as he is.”
Seibert finished his decorated Oklahoma career as the FBS’ all-time leader in career points for kickers (499). He was also the team’s punter for all four of his seasons.
Seibert went 63-for-79 on field goals for his career, topping out with a long of 51 in his junior season. From 2016-18, Seibert set a school record with 162 consecutive made PATs.
“He can do field goals, he can do kickoffs and in emergency situations, he can be a punter for you, too,” Cox said. “I do think field goal kicking and kickoff is his best two attributes and probably where he is best suited going forward.”
BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns selected former University of Oklahoma kicker Austin Seibert with the 170th pick, a fifth-round choice, in the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee Saturday afternoon.
Seibert was the first non-defensive player selected by the Browns and the third kicker taken in the 2019 NFL Draft.
“We rank those guys just like we rank everybody else,” Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said.
“He was sitting there on the board and we decided to go get him. There is nothing wrong with always adding competition. I think we did that. Hell, there was what three, four kickers taken before him? A punter-slash-kicker and I think a couple of them in the same round.”
Over 54 games in four years with the Sooners, Seibert converted 310 of his 315 extra-point tries (98.4 percent) and 63 of his 79 field goals (79.7 percent) for a career total of 499 points. Additionally, Seibert punted 179 times for 7,457 yards, an average of 41.7 yards-per-punt.
During the 2018 season, the 5-foot-9, 213-pound Seibert converted 87 of his 88 extra-point tries (98.9 percent) and 17 of his 19 field goal attempts (89.5 percent). By percentage, it was Seibert’s most successful season as a collegiate kicker.
“I think the three big things about him is that he had an extraordinary productive career, also has a huge leg and he is very, very competitive,” Browns scout Josh Cox said in a press conference. “It is a young career for me, but I haven’t seen a kicker as competitive as he is.”
Seibert is the all-time leading scorer in both Oklahoma and Big 12 Conference history and ranks first among kickers in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in career points, passing the old mark set by former Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez while he was at Arizona State (2013-2016). Additionally, Seibert has the most career extra points attempted (315) and made (310) among all kickers in FBS history.
Seibert is likely to compete with Greg Joseph throughout the remainder of the offseason program and during both training camp and the preseason for the Browns’ kicking duties heading into the 2019 regular season.
Joseph was signed in the early part of the 2018 season after Gonzalez missed four kicks in a one-score loss at the New Orleans Saints in Week 2.
In 14 games with the Browns last season, Joseph converted 17 of his 20 field goal attempts (85 percent), with all three of his misses coming at distances over 40 yards. Also, Joseph made 25 of his 29 point-after tries (86.2 percent).
“When you go to practice or you go to Pro Days, they are going to work them out at further distances,” Cox said. “There is a sound that the ball will make when it is coming off their foot if they have a really strong leg. He has a cannon. I’m not worried about it at all.”
BEREA, Ohio – The Browns drafted Oklahoma kicker Austin Seibert in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday. He was the 170th overall pick, which the Browns acquired last season by trading Josh Gordon to the Patriots.
Seibert both kicked and punted at Oklahoma. Some recruiting services had him as the top-ranked kicker in the county out of high school, and others had him as the top-ranked punter.
He was first among FBS kickers in career points (topping former Arizona State and Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez). Last season he became the first Sooner to win the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year award after making 17 of 19 field goal attempts, 87 of 88 extra points and averaging 40.9 yards on 31 punts.
The Browns see him as a kicker first, and potentially as an emergency punter.
Browns kicker Greg Joseph, who replaced the struggling Gonzalez early last season, was 17-of-19 on field goals and 25-of-29 on extra points as a rookie.
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