Browns select LSU kicker Cade York in the fourth round of NFL draft

George M. Thomas
Akron Beacon Journal

BEREA, Ohio – The Browns selected Louisiana State University kicker Cade York with their second fourth-round pick, No. 124 overall, of the NFL draft Saturday.

The move immediately provides kicker Chase McLaughlin, who struggled toward the end of last season, with competition.

York made 83% of his field goals (15 of 18) last season and 54 of 66 for (81%) for his career.

McLaughlin made 15 of 21 field goals, including 4 of 10 from 40-49 yards last season.

“With the Browns making a Super Bowl push with the blockbuster trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, they need more consistency from the position,” NFL writer Rick Gosseliin said recently.

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LSU place kicker Cade York (36) kicks a field goal during an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

York becomes the highest-drafted kicker since 2016, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent a second-round pick on Roberto Aguayo.