Cleveland Browns select USC quarterback Cody Kessler in third round

Quarterback Cody Kessler gets the call earlier than some expected, being drafted in the third round, No. 93 overall, by the Cleveland Browns.

QB Cody Kessler

Drafted: Round 3, No. 93 overall

Team: Cleveland Browns

Bio Info

Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial
6-foot-1, 220 pounds
4.89 second 40
32 5/8-inch arm length
10 7/8-inch hands
29.5-inch vertical jump
104-inch broad jump
7.32 second three-cone drill

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings

Two-star prospect
No. 13 quarterback in the draft
No. 196 overall prospect

Other Draft Rankings

CBS: No. 258 overall, No. 13 QB
ESPN: No. 209 overall, No. 10 QB No. 15 QB

USC Career:

At USC, Cody Kessler was Mr. Accuracy. He owns the school record for career completion percentage at 67.5, throwing for more than 10,000 yards on 1261 attempts. He threw 88 touchdowns to only 19 interceptions, but was never named to the All-Pac-12 first or second teams. Instead, he was three times an honorable mention.

He put up monster numbers in some games against lesser competition and struggled at times against ranked opponents, but led the Trojans to an average of nine wins during his three seasons as a starter after he redshirted a season and sat behind Matt Barkley for a year.

Where He Fits:

He is the exact opposite of the expected starter in Cleveland (Robert Griffin III) and some guy they just ran out of town (Johnny Manziel). He is a high character player that is going to toe the company line at all times and be a guy that takes the blame even when it isn't his fault.

Kessler could become a great locker room backup quarterback, but may never become the franchise quarterback steal from the third round, Browns fans are probably hoping for. He is an extremely accurate quarterback, but sometimes is shy to fire a ball into a window and instead will take a sack. Kessler also became too reliant on single receivers at times during his final two seasons.

In Cleveland, Kessler will have at least one familiar target as former USC tight end Randall Telfer hopes to get his career started this season after missing all last year with an injury.

Bottom Line Breakdown: 

“Can orchestrate an offense with confidence and accuracy when operating from a clean pocket, but doesn't appear to have the mentality of a player willing to take the risks necessary to strike with big plays often enough on the pro level. Kessler has moments where it is easy to like him on tape, but the traits and tape look more like those of a good, career backup than playoff starter.” – Top Stories