This spring, kicker Zane Gonzalez became the 243th player drafted out of ASU. He was the only ASU player drafted in 2017.
The Browns did not kick a field goal in their first preseason game, so neither kicker has had a real test so far.
It will be interesting to see which kicker gets the first in-game reps for the Browns, and if head coach Hue Jackson will just switch between the two kickers, or if he adds more strategy into his decisions.
Some of the strategy could be testing Gonzalez’s clutch factor, which is unknown at the NFL level, as well as Parkey’s consistency, which has plagued him throughout his NFL career.
If Gonzalez does win the kicking battle, he will have to curb the trend of recent college superstar kickers that have struggled in the NFL.
This trend has been highlighted by now-Chicago Bears kicker Roberto Aguayo, who was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, the Bucs cut him earlier this month after a disappointing rookie season.
Gonzalez has a long way to go before he can be considered a mistake like Aguayo, but he also has the potential to become a good, or even great, kicker in the NFL.