(As it stands now, the Browns have the first and 12th overall picks in the upcoming NFL Draft as well as the top pick (33rd) in the second-round. We've taken a consensus of the majority of mock drafts and will profile the players that have been most associated with the Browns in the upcoming draft. Check out our previous profiles of DE Myles Garrett, QB Mitchell Trubisky, QB DeShaun Watson, S Jamal Adams, TE O.J. Howard, S Malik Hooker, QB Patrick Mahomes, RB Leonard Fournette and WR Corey Davis)
DeShone Kizer (6-4, 233) Quarterback, Notre Dame
Pro Football Weekly ranks him as the No. 1 quarterback, while Pro Football Focus has him as the No. 4 QB (Overall 65th ranked player)
Kizer was 212-of-361 (58.7 pct.) for 2,925 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2016; For his career, Kizer was 423-of-696 (60.9 pct.) for 5,809 yards with 47 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
What experts say about Kizer's strengths: PFF--"Big-bodied, prototypical size and stature...Pure and smooth over the top release...Power to push the ball to each level with relative ease...Athletic player in the pocket and shows good mobility to pick up yards with his legs...Good pocket poise with a willingness to stand in there and take a hit to make throws...Instinctive in the pocket with the ability to evade defenders and maintain eyes downfield to get through progressions....Understands how to tempo the ball and throw with arc and pace up and over defenders...Shows he can scan the entire field with pure progression reads...Deep ball arm talent is on par with some of the best in the NFL."
PFW--"Prototypical size with good to very good athletic ability, speed and quick feet...Very strong arm...Played in an NFL-style passing game...Was able to change plays and protections at the line of scrimmage...Accurate with good ball placement short and deep...Quick delivery...Good ability to read the field and go through a progression...Can extend plays and make plays with his feet...Good runner."
What experts say about Kizer's weaknesses: PFF--"Sloppy footwork/mechanics far too often throughout the course of a game...Struggles with short area accuracy at times...Inconsistent decision-maker late in games...Inconsistent with anticipation – more of a see it, throw it player...Hesitant and doesn’t always trust what he sees...Had a chance to either tie or win the game with the ball in his hand in six games this season and failed to convert...Takes too many sacks in the pocket. We charged him with nine sacks in 2016 and 10 sacks in 2015 (charged his offensive line with only seven that season.
PFW-- "Playing with an inexperienced receiver corps in 2016, his production slipped from 2015. Made some poor decisions and forced some throws in 2016."
The Bottom Line on Kizer: PFF--"After an impressive Week 1 in which he littered the field with NFL throws, Kizer received No. 1 overall hype though the rest of the season was filled with ups and downs. While he certainly didn’t get much help from a young receiving core and a musical-chairs quarterback controversy, there were many times you expected Kizer to pull his team through to get a win and he failed to do so. Kizer’s traits are as good as any quarterback in the 2017 class, but the inconsistencies with accuracy and decision-making leave a lot of question marks of how he will translate to the next level. The natural instincts for the position and pure arm talent are there, with a coach likely to see those uncoachable traits that and try make him into the player he has the potential to be.
PFW--"As talented a QB as there is in this class. looked like a top-three pick in 2015 playing with an experienced receiver group and a strong offensive line. his play slipped in 2016 with a less experienced supporting cast...Has all of the tools with a very strong arm and can make any NFL throw. Has great size and is athletic to extend plays or run. Has to settle down and work on his fundamentals.Has the smarts and leadership skills needed. With the right coaching and supporting cast, he can become a very good NFL quarterback."
How Kizer would fit with the Browns: It is unknown how the Browns feel about any of the quarterbacks at the top of the draft. Sashi Brown mentioned five in his predraft press confernece in Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Patrick Mahomes and Davis Webb. Now that doesn't mean they are the only quarterbacks the Browns might like, Kizer is all over the board, in terms of rating. He has the big arm and size that the NFL likes in quarterback, but his college coach said he could've used more time in college. If the Browns are looking at a quarterback that can play right away, he might not be the best fit. If the Browns think he's the answer, they would likely draft him at 12 or 33.