Pros: Starting DeShone Kizer shows the Browns what they got with the quarterback who was at one point one of the top prospects in his draft class.
The Browns are still in the midst of a rebuild and the outlook for 2017 isn’t some drastic turnaround. The goal is to gradually improve, and Kizer has the highest potential of any of the quarterbacks on the roster. With the benefit of being in a rebuilding year, it is smart to see if the hype is real.
While the front office and Hue Jackson won’t say it, there is some great quarterback talent waiting for the team in the 2018 class. So with that being known, there is no reason to not see what the team has with Kizer before potentially making a big investment next year.
Cons: Browns fans have seen this story far too many times. The team drafts a young quarterback and puts him on the field right away before he is necessarily ready to be an NFL starter. It has caused talented players to fizzle out fast, and fans don’t want to see it happen once again.
Related: The case for starting Kizer in 2017
Keeping Kizer off the field allows him to learn the game and get some time to develop. With it being another rebuilding year, this may mean the team doesn’t do well, but there is no need to go have Kizer fail on the field.
Giving him time to develop increases the talent pool at the position in 2018, and gives the team a developed option to go with if the team doesn’t draft a quarterback early next year.