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DeShone Kizer | Quarterback | #7

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/3/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 233
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 2 (52) / CLE
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The Cleveland Plain Dealer expects the Browns to choose their starting quarterback by the second preseason game.
Longtime beat writer Mary Kay Cabot believes coach Hue Jackson will want to "get on with it." Cabot reported last month that DeShone Kizer had "considerably narrowed the gap" on favorite Cody Kessler. We still consider Kessler the favorite to be under center in Week 1, but Kizer is likely to make 2017 starts. Jul 11 - 2:22 PM

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According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, rookie DeShone Kizer made the "biggest leap" of all the Browns' quarterbacks over the course of the offseason program.

Since joining the Browns as the 52nd overall pick, Kizer has made noticeable strides in both accuracy and touch while flashing improved mechanics. He's quickly closing the gap on Cody Kessler, though the true test for Kizer will come in the preseason. Ex-Texan Brock Osweiler is running a distant third in Cleveland's quarterback race.
Jul 2 - 10:11 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports Browns second-round QB DeShone Kizer "has considerably narrowed the gap" to Cody Kessler.

Cabot adds the rookie will push "hard" for the starting job in camp, which is not surprising after Kizer saw first-team reps in minicamp. That said, QBs coach David Lee bluntly said Kizer is "not ready to play" last week, so he clearly still has work to do. Kessler is still the slight favorite to open Week 1 as the starter, but his spot atop the depth chart is precarious at best.
Jun 20 - 11:07 AM

Browns QBs coach David Lee bluntly stated after minicamp Thursday that DeShone Kizer is "not ready to play."

It's conceivable Kizer could become "ready to play" after a full training camp in Lee's eyes, but it's clear the Browns' position coach doesn't see Kizer as the starter just yet, despite Kizer's first-team minicamp reps. "He's not ready to play but he's climbing on it, making progress," Lee said of Kizer. "He's gotten better every day." Kizer and Cody Kessler are essentially splitting first-team reps. Brock Osweiler has mostly quarterbacked the twos.
Jun 15 - 4:28 PM

Browns signed second-round QB DeShone Kizer to a four-year contract.

Drafted No. 52 overall, Kizer has drawn constant rave reviews dating back to rookie camp. The Browns had initially planned to bring the rookie along slowly, but he's already barking at Cody Kessler's door and taking some of Kessler's first-team reps at minicamp. Kessler remains the favorite to start Week 1, but training camp and preseason play will determine this one.
Jun 14 - 12:56 PM

Browns second-round QB DeShone Kizer received some first-team reps in Tuesday's minicamp session.

Coach Hue Jackson tried to downplay the development. "Honestly, it hasn't changed," Jackson said of the way he's handling his quarterbacks. "That's the way it's been since OTAs have started. You guys just had an opportunity to see it." Jackson can see whatever he wants, but a second-rounder getting first-team reps is always going to raise eyebrows. The Cleveland Plain Dealer predicted Monday that Kizer will "be starting sooner (rather) than later." Cody Kessler remains the favorite to start Week 1, but will have his work cut out to keep the job.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 7:16 PM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, rookie DeShone Kizer "will be starting sooner than later" if he "continues at his current fast clip."

The Plain Dealer stated in late May that Kizer was "on the fast track" to winning the starting quarterback job, suggesting the rookie impressed at OTAs. Coach Hue Jackson called Kizer a "quick study." Cody Kessler remains the favorite to start Week 1, but Kizer has a significant talent edge. Kizer seems to have Jackson in his corner as the competition heads into minicamp.
Jun 12 - 5:54 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports DeShone Kizer is "on the fast-track" to winning the Browns' starting job.

Coach Hue Jackson called Kizer a "quick study." Kizer is being pushed to get up to speed as quickly as possible. Cody Kessler is getting the majority of first-team reps, but it looks like the Browns have no plans to slow play Kizer.
May 26 - 6:14 PM

DeShone Kizer acknowledged he has a long way to go before he "can even consider thinking about competition and trying to play."

"I'm at step one," Kizer said. "I need to get to level 500 before I can even consider stepping on an NFL field." Coach Hue Jackson has said Cody Kessler is the man to beat at quarterback, and Kizer seems to know he has a lot of work to do between now and training camp to have any shot of starting Week 1. Even so, it will be surprising if Kizer does not get on the field at some point as a rookie.
May 16 - 8:09 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "wouldn't be surprised" if DeShone Kizer is the Browns' Week 1 starter.

Kizer has been drawing raves from coach Hue Jackson at rookie camp. The Browns have no plans to rush him, but it's not impossible he wins out in an open competition with Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler. Even if Kizer doesn't win the Week 1 job, he should make rookie year starts.
May 12 - 5:44 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson expects DeShone Kizer to draw Ben Roethlisberger comparisons.

"I don't know that I've coached a guy with this kind of skill-set," Jackson said Thursday. "But he's a big powerful man, so I know he's going to get compared to another guy on another team in our division." Jackson went on to praise Kizer's arm strength, mobility and intelligence. Kizer is a project, but the Browns' quarterback situation is such that he will almost certainly make rookie starts.
May 4 - 8:37 PM

Browns EVP Sashi Brown said the team will not rush second-round QB DeShone Kizer.

"Ideally we'd be able to come in and give DeShone some time," Brown said. "We like Cody (Kessler), we like Brock (Osweiler), we like Kevin (Hogan) and he doesn't need to feel that pressure." Coach Hue Jackson has promised to give all the quarterbacks an "opportunity to compete," and despite these comments, Sashi and the rest of the organization would certainly be thrilled if Kizer won that competition. That said, it is clear the Browns are willing to take their time with the rookie, and that is good news for a quarterback with some rough edges to sand down. Kessler is the favorite to open the season as the starter.
May 2 - 10:59 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said second-round QB DeShone Kizer will have an "opportunity to compete" for the starting job along with every other quarterback on the roster.

The coach has said almost the exact same thing all offseason. "Let's let these guys get here and learn our offense," Jackson said, "and go out on the field and let's see how it all turns out." For now, that means Kizer will compete with Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan, and Brock Osweiler for the starting job, although the latter's future with the organization remains murky. Kizer might have the most upside of any quarterback in this year's class, but he needs some polish. It will not be surprising if Kessler opens the season as the starter.
Apr 29 - 10:02 AM

Browns selected Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The Browns have found their competition for Cody Kessler. (Sorry, Brock.) Kizer (6’4/233) turned pro as a junior after making 23 starts for the Irish, going 12-11 and completing just 60.7% of his throws with an 8.4 YPA and 47:19 TD-to-INT ratio. A dangerous scrambler, Kizer added 18 rushing TDs. Although he looks like Daunte Culpepper with a big body, power arm, and supreme poise in the pocket amid chaos, Kizer struggled to keep his job over Malik Zaire in the second half of last season, got benched against Stanford, seemingly lost confidence, and often fails to process information quickly on tape. Kizer’s touch and ball placement are additional concerns. While Kizer checks some boxes as a potential franchise quarterback, he's a major project. Kessler should have a major leg up on Week 1 duties.
Apr 28 - 8:42 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Buccaneers, Chargers and Jets have all reached out to the Packers about acquiring the No. 33 overall pick.

Rotoworld draft expert Josh Norris believes the Buccaneers are looking to add a running back while the Chargers and Jets are eyeing a quarterback at the top of the second round. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier that Green Bay would consider Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer at No. 33. It might be a smokescreen, but it's got the Jets and Chargers worried enough to try and trade up. The Bucs are likely targeting Florida State RB Dalvin Cook, who they considered taking at 19 overall before pivoting to Alabama TE O.J. Howard.
Apr 28 - 5:33 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cody Kessler
2DeShone Kizer
3Brock Osweiler
4Kevin Hogan
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3George Atkinson III
4Matt Dayes
5Terrence Magee
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Dan Vitale
WR11Kenny Britt
2Ricardo Louis
3Mario Alford
4Jordan Leslie
5Richard Mullaney
WR21Corey Coleman
2Rashard Higgins
3Jordan Payton
4Rannell Hall
5Josh Boyce
WR31Ricardo Louis
TE1David Njoku
2Seth DeValve
3Randall Telfer
4J.P. Holtz
5Taylor McNamara
LT1Joe Thomas
2Matt McCants
LG1Joel Bitonio
2Spencer Drango
3Anthony Fabiano
C1J.C. Tretter
2Gabe Ikard
3Austin Reiter
4Marcus Martin
RG1Kevin Zeitler
2John Greco
3Zach Sterup
4Chris Barker
RT1Shon Coleman
2Cameron Erving
3Roderick Johnson
K1Zane Gonzalez
2Cody Parkey