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NFL - US Sports: Browns draft kicker as 'Punt God' slips down

The Cleveland Browns believe former LSU kicker Cade York can be a solid addition after drafting him in a fourth round that also saw two college punters chosen by NFL teams looking for specialist help.

The Browns, who are 9/5 to win the AFC North, have tried and moved on from a number of different kickers over the last few seasons without finding the reliable leg they have been seeking.

By selecting York with the 124th overall pick - the highest any kicker has gone in the draft since Tampa Bay took Roberto Aguayo with the 59th pick of the 2016 NFL draft - he will face some scrutiny as soon as he gets to Ohio.

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Although he was expected to be the first kicker drafted in Las Vegas, York wasn't hyped as much as San Diego State punter Matt Araiza in the pre-draft process.

Araiza averaged 51.1 yards per punt over the course of his college career off his booming left leg and had an 86-yard bomb last season at San Diego State that earned him the moniker "Punt God".

He was regularly the first punter off the board in recent mock drafts, but saw two other specialists in his position - Penn State's Jordan Stout and Georgia's Jake Camarda - selected ahead of him as he slipped to the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round.

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York had a great college resume too that included a 57-yard game-winner to beat Florida - an LSU record - and a record of making 81.8 percent of his field goals plus all 75 of his extra-point attempts during his final two seasons with the Tigers.

"Honestly, kicker has been a spot that we have monitored for several drafts," said Browns general manager Andrew Berry.

"I think we all know in this room how difficult it is to kick here in Cleveland. With Cade, we certainly think has the raw talent to do so."

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