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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 reports DeShone Kizer is "on the fast-track" to winning the Browns' starting job.
Coach Hue Jackson said Kizer has been a "quick study." Kizer is being pushed to get up to speed as quickly as possible. Cody Kessler has been getting the majority of first-team reps, but it's starting to look like the Browns have no plans to slow play Kizer. May 26 - 6:14 PM

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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

According to ESPN's Mike Triplett, quarterback is "in play" for the Saints on Day 2 of the draft.

While Triplett would like to see New Orleans land Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs if he falls to the third round, Miami’s Brad Kaaya, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman and Cal’s Davis Webb will all be options to consider at No. 42. The Packers are reportedly interested in Kizer at No. 33, but that could be a smokescreen. The Saints are probably wise to start thinking about life after Drew Brees.
Apr 28 - 1:26 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer is "in play" for the Packers at No. 33 overall.

Holding the top pick of the second round after trading back with the Browns, the Packers are trying to drum up interest in the pick and move back to acquire even more selections. GM Ted Thompson is likely floating the rumor that he is willing to take Kizer in order to get some other QB-needy team to come and take him before they do. In reality, the Packers have far greater holes to fill than taking a project QB like Kizer to sit behind Aaron Rodgers for multiple years.
Apr 28 - 11:12 AM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports the Cardinals have done a "lot of work" on Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer.

Picking at No. 13, the Cards have been strongly connected to Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes. Kizer would be more of a Day 2 option if the Cards strike out on Mahomes or settle on another position. Perhaps they could also trade back into the late first round to land Kizer.
Apr 27 - 2:09 PM

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said QB DeShone Kizer is not yet a finished product and could have used more time in college.

Kelly received some criticism over the winter when he said Kizer should have stayed in school, but he was simply saying what he thought, and most NFL personnel seem to agree with the coach's assessment. In a poll of NFL scouts over the weekend, 9-of-16 voted Kizer the likeliest quarterback to bust from this class. Kizer has already laughably compared himself to Tom Brady and Cam Newton in the same breath. Kizer won't hear his name called Thursday night.
Apr 24 - 10:00 AM

9-of-16 scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel named Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer this year's draft-eligible quarterback likeliest to bust.

Patrick Mahomes received two likeliest-to-bust votes, Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson each got one, and one scout declined to comment. The final two scouts said all of the quarterbacks were equally risky. Kizer looked like a potential No. 1 overall pick after his sophomore year, but he temporarily got benched last year as the bottom fell out on Notre Dame's season. "He’s not as good as he should be because he’s not committed to the game," one AFC executive said of Kizer. "He’s committed to building a brand. He wants all the things that come with being a starting quarterback but doesn’t want to put in the work." Added one NFC personnel man, "(Selfishness and money are) what drives him. It's all about him. Prima donna. Thin-skinned."
Apr 23 - 4:07 PM

Giants GM Jerry Reese said he "probably looked at more quarterbacks" this year leading up to the draft.

It is not a surprise considering Eli Manning's age (36) and level of play last season. The Giants may not be in the market for one of the top quarterbacks at No. 23 overall, but it will not be surprising if they invest a Day-2 pick on a "quarterback of the future." Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer or Pitt's Nathan Peterman could fit the bill if they fall.
Apr 20 - 1:04 PM

Jets held a private workout with Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer.

They will also work out UNC's Mitchell Trubisky along with likely all of the other top quarterbacks, but it is notable considering GM Mike Maccagnan recently said signing Josh McCown will not stop the Jets from drafting a quarterback. Even after spending (wasting) a second-round pick on Christian Hackenberg last April, it will be slightly surprising if New York does not take another swing at quarterback this year.
Source: ESPN
Mar 25 - 10:05 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Cody Kessler
2Brock Osweiler
3DeShone Kizer
4Kevin Hogan
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3George Atkinson III
4Darius Jackson
5Matt Dayes
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Dan Vitale
WR11Corey Coleman
2Ricardo Louis
3Mario Alford
4Jordan Leslie
5James Wright
WR21Kenny Britt
2Rashard Higgins
3Jordan Payton
4Rannell Hall
5Josh Boyce
WR31Rashard Higgins
TE1David Njoku
2Seth DeValve
3Randall Telfer
4J.P. Holtz
LT1Joe Thomas
2Matt McCants
LG1Joel Bitonio
2Spencer Drango
3Marcus Martin
C1J.C. Tretter
2Marcus Martin
3Austin Reiter
4Anthony Fabiano
RG1Kevin Zeitler
2John Greco
3Zach Sterup
4Chris Barker
RT1Shon Coleman
2Cameron Erving
3Roderick Johnson
K1Zane Gonzalez
2Cody Parkey