The Cleveland Browns, who opted not to use one of their three first-round picks on a quarterback, decided to go that route in Round 2 on Friday night, choosing Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer with the 52nd overall pick.

Quarterback has been a position of need for the Browns for years. Cleveland has had 26 starting quarterbacks since an NFL franchise returned to the city in 1999.

"We were surprised that he was there and available to us at 52," Browns vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said.

Kizer is a big, strong-armed quarterback. He stands 6-foot-4, weighs 230 pounds and runs well for the position.

"Obviously, he has the measurables," coach Hue Jackson said. "He is a big, physical quarterback who can make all of the throws that I think anybody needs to make in the National Football League. He is intelligent. He has the characteristics that we are looking for."

Kizer admitted he had issues with consistency and fundamentals in college. He played well early in his final year but struggled late. When he declared for the draft, his coach at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly, said he probably should have stayed in school another year.