Picking up where we left off after round one of the NFL Draft, any criticism about what Sashi Brown and the rest of the Browns’ management did on day one had to do if you are one of those who are QB-centric.
If you are a fan obsessed with the quarterback position, you bemoaned the fact that Cleveland didn’t draft Mitch Trubisky with the first overall pick (a massive reach), and then didn’t trade up for Patrick Mahomes II (very raw), or just sit at #12 and pick Deshaun Watson (our choice).
The lure of getting another first round pick was too much for the front office, and when it was all said and done, Cleveland still got two excellent athletes in Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku, who should have inside tracks to start in 2017.
We even joked that apparently the QB drama queens must have thought that the draft ended on Thursday although several good passers currently in the league (Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson, and the great Tom Brady) were picked after round one.
Those people can relax today because in the second round, the Browns drafted DeShone Kizer out of Notre Dame.
Kizer was expected to be a first rounder, so there is good value in the pick. He’s also the big guy (6’4″, 233) that some feel is necessary to win the cold and wind of the AFC North.
The downside on Kizer is his Irish team went 4-8 a year ago, and he is inconsistent. He appears to need a lot of work on his mechanics, which makes him a good pupil for coach Hue Jackson and his “quarterback whisperer” credentials.
We said before the draft that even if the Browns drafted a QB in the first round, that Cody Kessler should be the starter coming into the season, and the rookie should sit back, learn, and develop.
Remember, that at the beginning of the college football season, the consensus best two signal callers were considered to be Watson and Kizer. Notre Dame’s losing season hurt Kizer’s stock.
There are also rumors about Kizer’s love for the sport, but perhaps he didn’t take well to Brian Kelly’s constant temper tantrums at practice and on the sidelines.
One thing we won’t know if would Kizer have stayed at ND had Kelly left. There are some who speculate he would have.
No doubt Kizer is a boom or bust pick, but the same can be said about Trubisky and Mahomes. The difference is the Browns did it on round two, which is what we have been advocating since the end of the season.
Cleveland also bolstered its defensive line with the pick of Charlotte DT Larry Ogunjobi, who may end the tenure of Desmond Bryant, another player over 30 years old in Berea.
He could be next to Danny Shelton at DT and join Emmanuel Ogbah and Myles Garrett on the Browns’ front four.
Ogunjobi played in the Senior Bowl, so Jackson and his staff got a real good look at him, and must have been impressed.
There are still picks to come today, but isn’t it refreshing to not hear the commentators saying the Browns have no clue as to what we are doing?
The media who wanted “football people” running the show must be thinking hard to themselves today.
Of course, these players still have to play, and the Cleveland Browns have to start getting better.