Why the Browns are No. 5
Moton lays out his argument for the Browns at No. 5. His main argument seems to lie in the idea that Kizer’s play was better than the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Nathan Peterman.
"The Cleveland Browns and Bills were so close that it came down to their quarterbacks from the 2017 class. Though DeShone Kizer and Nathan Peterman both struggled, Kizer’s flashes of brilliance—albeit in 13 more starts—make him more valuable. In fact, the Notre Dame product showed enough potential to help net starting safety Damarious Randall in a trade."
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After watching Kizer, one would think that it would be difficult for him to be ranked higher than anybody. But fans must remember that Peterman threw five interceptions in the first half of his first start. So, there is that.
Moton continues to praise the class for the play of Myles Garrett with seven sacks last year. He praises Jabrill Peppers for being a “primary starter” next season, which is yet to be determined. He also liked the play of Larry Ogunjobi and David Njoku in their rookie seasons.
The most interesting take was the praise of Caleb Brantley. Fans may recall that when Brantley was drafted, Brown held a press conference to state that if the allegations made against him were true that the Browns would immediately cut him.
Brantley was the 2017 draft’s version of Antonio Callaway. It seems Dorsey and Brown agree that players with character concerns can make great late round draft picks should everything be cleared.
Moton praises the Browns (Sashi Brown) for drafting top tier talent at the top of the draft and for taking talent with character concerns at the bottom of the draft. Yet, it is this exact same formula that Dorsey used in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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