The Cleveland Browns continue their search for their franchise quarterback and DeShone Kizer appears to be a valid nominee if chosen in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Hue Jackson is well aware this Cleveland Browns team needs to find its franchise quarterback in order to contend in the future.
The Robert Griffin III experiment didn’t pan out and Josh McCown is now a member of the New York Jets. Currently, the Browns roster consists of Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan at the quarterback position. Selecting a QB in the draft becomes a realistic possibility due to the fact the franchise guy remains unidentified.
Considering the amount of draft capital the Browns possess, if they feel a potential cornerstone quarterback is available then trading up to get one shouldn’t be an issue. Of course, there are four quarterback prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft that are getting first-round attention. This includes Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, Mitch Trubisky and DeShone Kizer.
Throughout the offseason, rumors have linked Cleveland’s interest to Watson, Mahomes and Trubisky consistently. Interestingly enough, the rumors haven’t been as prevalent between Kizer and the Browns. The Browns front office has held the cards close so this could raise some eyebrows as Kizer fits the prototypical frame for a AFC North quarterback.
Hue Jackson even laid out what he looks for in a quarterback earlier this offseason at the NFL Combine:
"“I think a guy has to be about 6-2 to play in this league,” he said. “The special guys, I don’t want to take anything away from any of the other quarterbacks–there have been guys who have played in this league who are not 6-2, but the majority of the guys who have played are 6-2 or a little bit better and that’s just what I like in a quarterback.”"
The Toledo, Ohio native fits that description and might be the quarterback the Browns have their eye on.