One thing the Browns have proven year after year is the draft rarely goes the way the media expect it to. I expect this year to follow suit. The notion the Browns will get defensive end Myles Garrett of Texas A&M with the first pick and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky of Mentor High School and North Carolina with the 12th pick would be ideal. But for the sake of lively debate, let’s imagine they pass on Trubisky and take, say, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey instead. Picking McCaffrey makes sense. The Browns gave Isaiah Crowell, their leading rusher each of the past three years, a second-round tender of $2.81 million in February. The window for him to sign an offer sheet with another team expired on April 20. He could sign the tender and become an unrestricted free agent next winter. Crowell is not participating in the Browns’ offseason program in Berea. The Browns could wait until they make the first pick in the second round and draft DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame to fill the quarterback void. Since none of the top quarterbacks is going to be ready to start immediately, why not wait for the one who needs the most work but also might have the highest ceiling? Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly earlier in April told SiriusXM radio Kizer should have returned to Notre Dame in 2017 instead of turning pro as a redshirt sophomore. “He should still be in college,” Kelly said. “He needs more time to grow in so many areas, not just on the field but off the field.” But keep reading, because Kelly also rated Kizer best among the group that includes Deshaun Watson of Clemson and Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech as well as Trubisky. “He’s got a strong arm,” Kelly said. “Physically, he’s gifted. He’s got all those tools that you’re looking for at the quarterback position.” Kizer, in an interview with USA Today, said he prepares like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and has the body of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. At 6-foot-4, 233 pounds, he is the biggest among the quarterbacks considered the best in this draft class.
Targeting DeShone Kizer makes sense for Cleveland Browns
The News-Herald | Apr 23