Earlier this week, I broke down four draft and free-agent options for the Cleveland Browns to pursue as a replacement for 14-year veteran Phil Dawson, who left to join the San Francisco 49ers as an unrestricted free agent.
Now, a new name has emerged in the running—Norwegian YouTube sensation Havard "Kickalicious" Rugland, known for his impressive trick-shot video that has amassed more than 2.6 million views. ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi says the team worked Rugland out on Thursday, and he's also met with the Detroit Lions, which are trying to replace their own veteran, Jason Hanson.
The video above shows the 6'2", 240-pound Rugland kicking seemingly impossible field goals from 60, 50, 40 and 30 yards from incredible angles. He repeatedly hits moving targets, from a person in a car to another in a boat, can kick a football through a basketball hoop and nonchalantly kicks footballs backward directly into a waiting receptacle.
It's certainly impressive, especially from someone with no real football experience. Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press notes, however, that Rugland not only has an agent but also has been working out in the U.S. with kicking coach Michael Husted, who is convinced of Rugland's ability to catch on with an NFL team.
So what say you? Do you think this unknown with the huge left leg should be the Browns' next kicker, or should they stick with someone who has real in-game experience—either a rookie coming out of the college game or an NFL veteran?