Kevin Zeitler
Zeitler with the Cleveland Browns
No. 70     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-03-08) March 8, 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth: Waukesha, Wisconsin
Career information
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Cincinnati Bengals ( 2012 2016)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* PFWA All-Rookie Team (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played     104
Games started     103

Kevin Zeitler (/ˈztlər/ ZYT-lər; born March 8, 1990) is an American football guard for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned consensus All-American honors. He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has also played for the Cleveland Browns.

Early yearsEdit

Zeitler was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and played for Wisconsin Lutheran Vikings high school football team. A three-year letterwinner in football, Zeitler was honored first-team all-conference, first-team all region and second-team all-area as a junior. In his senior year, he gathered first-team all-conference, conference lineman of the year, first-team all region, and first-team all-area honors.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by, Zeitler was ranked the No. 39 offensive guard prospect in his class.[1] Coincidentally, the No. 1 offensive guard in this class was Trevor Robinson, who would later play alongside Zeitler for the Cincinnati Bengals. Having numerous offers, Zeitler narrowed his decision down to Wisconsin and Michigan,[2] before eventually picking the Badgers.[3]

College careerEdit

Zeitler attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and played for the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 2008 to 2011. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having been named to the first teams of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Associated Press and Pro Football Weekly as a senior in 2011.[4] Zeitler joined teammates Montee Ball and Peter Konz as AFCA All-Americans.

Professional careerEdit

Even though "not a nifty or nimble lineman", Zeitler was described as "a solid prospect with the ability to be used in a power running offense."[5] Projected to be a second round selection, Zeitler was ranked No. 4 among guards available in the 2012 NFL Draft by Sports Illustrated.[6] Zeitler himself expected to be a second-rounder, having scheduled a draft-party for Day 2 of the Draft, before being surprised by the Bengals' late first-round selection.[7] Zeitler was the eighth UW offensive lineman taken in the first round of an NFL draft since 1976, after Dennis Lick, Ray Snell, Paul Gruber, Aaron Gibson, Chris McIntosh, Joe Thomas, and Gabe Carimi.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 ⅞ in 314 lb 5.39 s 4.61 s 7.77 s 29 in 8 ft 5 in 32 rep

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

In his rookie season, Zeitler started all 16 games at right guard for the Bengals. He gave up only four sacks all season, and graded highest among Bengals linemen.[9]

In his five seasons with the Bengals, Zeitler started 71 of 72 games played at right guard.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

On March 9, 2017, Zeitler signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, making him the highest paid guard in the NFL.[10]

New York GiantsEdit

On March 13, 2019, the Browns traded Zeitler and Jabrill Peppers to the New York Giants, along with their first and third-round (originally acquired from the New England Patriots) picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, in exchange for Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon.[11]


  1. "Yahoo Sports: Ranking - offensive guards 2008". January 17, 2008. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  2. Spath, Michael (June 22, 2007). "With new offer, Zeitler tweaks favorites". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  3. Day, Paul (June 27, 2007). "Zeitler decides". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  4. "AFCA Announces 2011 FBS Coaches' All-America Team". Archived from the original on December 7, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  5. "Kevin Zeitler — 2012 NFL Draft". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  6. "2012 NFL Draft — Positions — G". Archived from the original on May 13, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  7. "First-round call catches UW's Zeitler off guard". Green Bay Press-Gazette. April 27, 2012.
  8. "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Kevin Zeitler".
  9. Garrison, Jason (March 1, 2013). "Bengals Had The Second Best Interior Offensive Line In AFC North". Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  10. Sessler, Marc (March 9, 2017). "Browns sign Kevin Zeitler to 5-year, $60M deal".
  11. Eisen, Michael (March 13, 2019). "Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, two draft picks acquired from Browns, pending physicals".

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