Connect with us


NFL Draft: A kicker late is possible, but don’t expect GM John Dorsey to take a specialist

The NFL Draft doesn’t do certainties.

But here’s one: The Browns won’t draft a long snapper this weekend.

Charley Hughlett has been rock-solid in four years with the Browns, and general manager John Dorsey isn’t using one of his precious draft picks on a long snapper.

Here’s another good bet: The Browns won’t take a punter.


They have reliable veteran Britton Colquitt, and Dorsey said last week he had a bad experience drafting one during his time in Green Bay.

He said the same about taking a kicker with the Packers, who drafted Mason Crosby in the sixth round in 2007 and Brett Conway in the third round in 1997. Conway never kicked for the Packers — Dorsey must have been referring to him — while Crosby has had a long and productive career.

While it is unlikely Dorsey will draft a kicker Saturday on the third day, it can’t be ruled out.

Greg Joseph is the only kicker on the roster and Dorsey plans to bring in competition. That’s most likely to come from someone with experience in the league, or an undrafted rookie, but drafting a kicker in the sixth or seventh round is a possibility.

“If he helps this organization and he’s that right value vs. what his abilities are, why wouldn’t you take a shot at it,” Dorsey said.

Joseph was an undrafted rookie last year out of Florida Atlantic and replaced Zane Gonzalez in Week 3. He went 17-for-20 on field goals and 25-for-29 on extra points.

Joseph is the favorite to keep the job, but there will be a preseason competition. And whoever wins the job will be on a short leash in the regular season.

There’s too much talent on the team and the expectations are too high to have much patience with a largely unproven kicker.

TOP OF THE CLASS — Specialists

Mitchell Wishnowsky, Utah: The Athletic’s Dane Brugler rates the punter as a fifth- or sixth-round pick.

Matthew Gay, Utah: The Utes have a monopoly at the top of the special teams. At 6-foot, 232 pounds, Gay has size and a strong leg.

Jake Bailey, Stanford: The punter has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties.

Other notables: Cole Tracy, K, LSU; Spenser Thompson-Meyers, K, St. Norbert; Dan Godsil, long snapper, Indiana

Keep an eye on for the Browns: Tracy, Thompson-Meyers; Austin Seibert, K, Oklahoma

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.


Recommended for You

More in Analysis