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Browns get a quarterback, draft DeShone Kizer

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After passing on quarterbacks three times in the first round, the Browns drafted a quarterback in the second round.

Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer went to Cleveland with the 52nd overall pick.

The Browns had three first-round picks but eschewed quarterbacks with all three, but tonight they decided to grab Kizer, a physically impressive quarterback who still has a lot of work to do in developing as an NFL-caliber passer.

Kizer joins Cody Kessler, last year’s third-round pick, in the Browns’ quarterback room. Cleveland also has Brock Osweiler and Kevin Hogan under contract, and the Browns have said that Osweiler will get a chance to start, although he was acquired mostly because the Texans gave the Browns a second-round pick to take his contract off their hands.

Although Kizer probably won’t start over Kessler at first, he’ll surely be given an opportunity to win the starting job at some point during the season. Whether he’s the Browns’ quarterback of the future remains to be seen, but he’s probably the most talented player they have at the most important position in football.

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55 Responses to “Browns get a quarterback, draft DeShone Kizer”
  1. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 28, 2017 8:47 PM

    No chance of success. He’ll be selling cars or life insurance in six years.

  2. kayes says: Apr 28, 2017 8:48 PM

    Kizer is a big time project but has great raw physical talent. I hope the Browns dont rush him.

  3. niners816 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:48 PM

    Slapped by Trubisky. Slapped by Mahomes. And a double slap for going to Cleveland. His cheeks must be beat red.

  4. r502 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:48 PM

    These two are perfect for each other.

    Kizer stinks and so do the Browns.

  5. dallasskinsfan94 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:49 PM

    Thought they’d wait for next year, hopefully he does well but I don’t think it’s an upgrade over Kessler.

  6. crackerbrainfool says: Apr 28, 2017 8:51 PM

    Looks like the brainiacs in Cleveland might have a clue after all. My lord it’s about time. Kizer checks all the boxes. Doesn’t do anything fantastic but is solid all around. The Honda Accord of the 2017 qb class.

  7. kcflake says: Apr 28, 2017 8:52 PM

    Kizer will be cut after the season, along with kessker, hogan and hue jackson. Cleveland sucks. They should be embarrassed at how they run their franchise.

  8. bearwithjetpack says: Apr 28, 2017 8:52 PM

    Worst case scenario for both parties.

  9. r502 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:53 PM

    There will be the inevitable report that has Hue Jackson or some other Browns honk claiming that this guy was their top rated QB, and how they can’t believe he fell to them in the 50’s.

  10. jim699 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:53 PM

    On this guy’s highlight reel, aired by ESPN, this guy doesn’t have a single throw with a nice tight spiral. A lot of scrambling…

    He doesn’t look like an NFL QB.

  11. joeytorontosucks says: Apr 28, 2017 8:58 PM


  12. officialgame says: Apr 28, 2017 8:58 PM

    They do what they do but know one knows what the hell they do?

  13. birdsfan17 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:00 PM

    Yet another Browns QB stiff

  14. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 28, 2017 9:00 PM

    I just wonder if he can get the coaching he needs in Cleveland. He’s not going to have an experienced QB to mentor him. The most experienced guy is Osweiler? I’m sure all the QBs were hoping the Browns didn’t pick them. They are the graveyard for QBs…literally. How many concussions did all their QBs have last year cumulatively? Quite a few. It’s probably safe to be a punching dummy in an MMA gym.

  15. jamarcuslives says: Apr 28, 2017 9:00 PM

    He’s as good as any QB drafted so far, probably the best of them. Was surrounded by nothing at ND last year. And he’ll be coached by Hue. Just about every QB who has played under him has played well, kind of like Andy Reid. And they didn’t squander picks to reach for him. “Moneyball” is the best thing to happen in Cleveland Brown history!

  16. GenXJ says: Apr 28, 2017 9:01 PM

    What’s with Brownies & Dame Qb’s?

  17. dickshotdogs says: Apr 28, 2017 9:01 PM

    The Browns seriously suck. No, really, they completely suck. I am soooo sorry for their fans. At least you’ve been to the playoffs more recently than The Bills.

  18. dawgturd says: Apr 28, 2017 9:07 PM

    We need to have a qb with some potential. Osweiler sucks, a team gave us a 2nd Rd pick to take him for gosh sakes. Kessler has a week arm and because of that he’s limited, and he has 2 concussions already. Kizer is big, has a big arm, and shows promise. We need someone with some promise

    We took him In the 2nd, so if he is deemed a lost cause, we have 2 firsts and 3 seconds next year to make a run at a real qb.

  19. skimbell says: Apr 28, 2017 9:10 PM

    Surprised that Tom Newton slid this far.

  20. donbat67 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:13 PM

    This sounds about right …welcome to the ” mistake by the lake “

  21. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 28, 2017 9:17 PM

    Akili Quinn.

  22. pastabelly says: Apr 28, 2017 9:17 PM

    This team is all over the place. They tried to get Jimmy Garoppolo by offering pick #12 and now this weigh weird Plan B – or was Trubisky Plan A?????

  23. goooooobrowns says: Apr 28, 2017 9:19 PM

    Welp, not what I would have done… yeesh. This was a real head scratcher.

  24. jmc8888 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:20 PM

    About time. Not a day 1 starter. Significantly below the above QB’s.

    He has a chance of course, and I’m glad they finally took someone with a chance, rather then let another QB pass them by. They have had plenty of chances in the 2016 and earlier in the 2017 draft.

    But this is what you do. Take a QB, see what you got, and use some more capital next year to take another if you deem fit.

    Even though he seems to have a high bust potential, at this point with trades and 2018 FA/trades not looking very promising, they had to do SOMETHING.

  25. dlw492 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:21 PM

    If you would have told Kizer, Peppers, Njoku & Garret that they’d be on the same team while they were in College- they would’ve called it crazy
    Give it time people, this could work

  26. heymister24 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:26 PM

    What a totally lousy wasted draft pick, unbelievable! This clown is not even a project.

  27. mrfrostyj says: Apr 28, 2017 9:28 PM

    r502 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 8:53 PM

    There will be the inevitable report that has Hue Jackson or some other Browns honk claiming that this guy was their top rated QB, and how they can’t believe he fell to them in the 50’s.


    Considering every QB in the draft was available to them every time they picked and they could have easily offered more than the Bears did for the #2 pick and Sashi Browns told NFL Network for everyone to here they weren’t forcing a QB pick fact is he probably was who they wanted all along.

    He’s even a local Ohio kid.

  28. dadsource says: Apr 28, 2017 9:32 PM

    Brownies patience may show they were right. I hope so. I hate to see pathetic being the norm.

  29. logast says: Apr 28, 2017 9:32 PM

    This is a good pick. Value for Cleveland. Early mocks had him going higher.

  30. xlivsaints says: Apr 28, 2017 9:33 PM

    This assures that the Browns will become the first team to go 0-17.

  31. aliveguy24 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:35 PM

    At least the browns got away from drafted a QB at 22

  32. logicaldawg says: Apr 28, 2017 9:39 PM

    Excellent value pick and, unlike the 3 from last night, no reach and, most importantly, no overpay. And he has the right size for the AFCN.

    And unlike at ND, he will have a head coach who knows how to manage quarterbacks.

    Browns are having a great draft, letting it come to them and adding another first rounder next year was unexpected and fantastic. What a fleece that was.

    They times they are a-changin’.


  33. dslproductions says: Apr 28, 2017 9:43 PM

    With so many other needs and MUCH better QBs in the draft, Browns get a proven immature loser who bombed at the combine and with his team. Such a Sashi pick. Back to Harvard! You’re out of your league — literally!

  34. doctorpancake says: Apr 28, 2017 9:43 PM

    On paper, the Browns have had a pretty good draft

  35. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Apr 28, 2017 9:47 PM

    He will learn under Osweiler

  36. genericcommenter says: Apr 28, 2017 9:49 PM

    They want the chance to coach up a guy with a big arm. Kessler would make a nice career backup and nearly outperformed Wentz last year. A few years from now a lot of the non-Cleveland teams are going to get heavy criticism for their QB reaches.

  37. huskersrock1 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:49 PM

    I heard this guy is a cross between Cam Newton and Tom Brady, let the dynasty begin! !!!!!!!

  38. ramsfandango says: Apr 28, 2017 9:49 PM

    “.,.but he’s probably the most talented player they have at the most important position in football.”

    Probably? I’d say this is the most foolish statement that can be made about an unproven college player vs. three NFL veteran on the roster . The Browns would have done better to commit to better coaching for Brock than waste another high pick on a project.

  39. tonebones says: Apr 28, 2017 10:01 PM

    Let me correct the headline. The Browns drafted DeShone Kizer, but they did not get a QB.

  40. realfootballfan says: Apr 28, 2017 10:11 PM

    He’s a project but no more of one than Mahomes is. They both have horrible footwork and come out of offenses that don’t translate. This will be all about coaching them up, which is why you hire a QB guy to be your head coach. They need to go with Osweiler or Kesler until he’s ready though. Most upside in this draft though. The problem is getting to it.

  41. droppedinagreasefire says: Apr 28, 2017 10:25 PM

    Wow, what a stud pick. How does it go now? He has the body of Dwayne Johnson and the mind of Einstein? Did I get that right?

  42. curtj5 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:27 PM

    Hey, Browns fans. You guys must be tough being a fan of that team. Props from a Raiders fan.

  43. droppedinagreasefire says: Apr 28, 2017 10:29 PM

    The Browns, with so many high picks, in desperate need for a qb, end up with the closing time pig? Wow!

  44. realityonetwo says: Apr 28, 2017 10:29 PM

    So far, the best thing I’ve heard about this guy is that the Browns wasted “only” a second-round pick on him.

  45. bws1066 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:29 PM

    Kiser is a bust he should have stayed in school, leave it to the browns to get a crappy QB

  46. logicaldawg says: Apr 28, 2017 10:30 PM

    A lot of hatred of the Browns here. So sad. You should revere such an iconic franchise. Goodness, what will you do when we start posting winning records.

  47. youradarnfoo says: Apr 28, 2017 10:32 PM

    this dude is a bum!! on a terrible team, terrible stadium and terrible fans. should be a great fit. he will be Al Bundys side kick soon enough fitting slobs.

  48. bluecat013 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:46 PM

    The Browns will get hammered for taking him just as they were hammered for not taking Watson or Trubisky or Mahomes. I don’t really think they listen to commenters.
    I’m not sure about his maturity level, and he’s certainly a project, but I can’t fault the pick late in the second round; he’s been listed as one of the top 3-5 QB’s in this draft since the beginning.
    He won’t see the field next year, and maybe not the next. But whether he looks good or not, with the draft picks the Browns have next year, they can fill any hole and will be just fine after that.

  49. thetooloftools says: Apr 28, 2017 10:52 PM

    Why in the world did the Browns just cut Gary Barnidge today? What a scumbag move. This makes no sense under and cybernetic / voodoo / witchcraft stupidity.
    He was a great great guy and totally a community man.This is unacceptable.
    They throw big money at free agents and then toss a man overboard who was a bright stop during our darkest days.
    Shame shame…

  50. Scooter McCray says: Apr 29, 2017 12:08 AM

    Next stop – HOF

  51. fordbw says: Apr 29, 2017 2:11 AM

    This is an awful pick by the Browns. Anyone who watched Notre Dame will tell you that DeShone Kizer is not a good QB.

  52. avenger9800 says: Apr 29, 2017 7:00 AM

    The Browns were quietly having a very good draft, then totally waisted a pick that had players with much better potential than Kizer. But Hue believes that he’s some sort of a QB whisper who can fix any QB. Kind of like he fixed RGlll last season.

  53. captainwhodat says: Apr 29, 2017 8:11 AM

    I guess the drafting of Kizer means the Browns won’t be resigning RG3 (the guy who was gonna lead you to the promised land last year as Hue is the qb whisperer)…someone posted: Goodness, what will you do when we start posting winning records….
    When will that be pray tell: 2017, 2018, 2019…inquiring minds want to know…and exactly how many winning seasons have the Browns had since 1999? Two is the correct answer…

  54. coop16 says: Apr 29, 2017 11:47 AM

    Agree with avenger9800. I was getting excited after the first round; I was thinking, “Wow, maybe this new regime really does know what it’s doing.” Then they drafted this clown.

    I thought the Browns were into analytics. Well, visit any good football analytics site; they’re in 100% agreement that Kizer has virtually NO chance of being a successful NFL quarterback. So much for the Browns’ analytics.

    I also thought the Browns greatly prized draft picks. Then they threw away a second-round pick. So much for prizing draft picks.

    Conclusion: Same Old Browns.

  55. styro1 says: Apr 29, 2017 11:55 AM

    Looks like the Browns have drafted the greatest QB of all time as Kizer says of himself, LOL!

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