For the first time under head coach Todd Graham, an ASU special teams player was taken in the NFL draft.

Former ASU placekicker Zane Gonzalez was taken on Saturday in the seventh round by the Cleveland Browns.

Gonzalez was the 224th overall selection and the only Sun Devil taken in the draft this year.

The Browns have two other kickers on their roster in Brett Maher and Cody Parkey, meaning that Gonzalez will have to compete to earn a spot.

Gonzalez was the recipient of the 2017 Lou Groza award, given to the top collegiate placekicker in the United States.

Past winners include Sebastian Janikowski (twice), Dan Bailey, and Roberto Aguayo.

Gonzalez is the NCAA’s (and ASU’s) all-time leader in field goals made with 96 in his career. The kicker also led ASU in points scored this year with 108.

Jake Elliott out of Memphis was the only kicker taken before Gonzalez with the 153rd pick by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Gonzalez will be officially required to report to camp on July 25, but might be meeting with team officials and working out with the team once he signs his rookie deal to prepare for the kicker competition.

Looking ahead to next season for the Sun Devils, they will look to find a replacement for Gonzalez, and the answer might be redshirt junior John O’Brien.

O’Brien has not had much of an opportunity to do anything for the Sun Devils outside of practice because of Gonzalez’s success.

However, O’Brien will have a chance to compete for placekicking duties this year according to thesundevils.com.

O’Brien’s competition will be freshman Brandon Ruiz from Gilbert, Arizona.

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Team Manager and Content Creator at Armchair ASU , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My name is Josh Zaklis. I was born in raised in New Jersey and now I live in Phoenix, Arizona to attend the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I am a Yankees, Eagles, and Islanders fan which I know is a weird combination but that is what happens when you grow up in central Jersey. I hope to one day celebrate an Eagles super bowl victory and an Islanders Stanley Cup win but it doesn’t look like either of those things are happening anytime soon. So while I wait, I’ll cover Arizona State Sports.

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