DeShone Kizer has been drafted by the Cleveland Browns 52nd overall in the draft. He went off the board in the middle of the second round, which is good value for a player that most deem has the potential to be a future franchise quarterback. View the NFL Network coverage of the pick here:
“With the 52nd pick, the Cleveland Browns select … DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame.“
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 29, 2017
The key for the Browns was patience, and it paid off in this pick. Multiple reports say that Shashi was surprised to see Kizer still there at 52, and so it was no surprise to see Cleveland finally pull the trigger on one of these quarterbacks.
Kizer stands at 6’4’’ and weighs 233 pounds, a nice healthy size for an AFC North quarterback. He’s known to have quick movement in the open field, though he struggles with footwork in the pocket. Hue Jackson likes his arm strength and coachability and that in part warranted the pick. Kizer’s biggest strength is his ability to run the play action. When running the play action in college, Kizer amounted a passer rating of 154.7, the best in the nation.
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In his final year at Notre Dame, Kizer completed 212 passes for 2925 yards and 26 touchdowns. He averaged 8.4 yards per attempt and ended the year with a quarterback rating of 145.6. He did throw nine interceptions and was known to take avoidable sacks.
The most important thing to know regarding Kizer is that he is considered by many to one of the higher ceilings of all the quarterbacks in this draft, even if it does take him a while to develop. At this time it is unknown whether or not Kizer will start the year for the Browns.
The Kizer pick is likely to finally put the AJ McCarron and Jimmy Garoppolo trade rumors to rest.