The Browns on Friday selected Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer with the 52nd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Kizer is the fourth new Browns player, joining first-round picks Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku.
Kizer redshirted his first season with the Fighting Irish and emerged as a starter in 2015 after starter Malik Zaire went down with a season-ending injury. He seized the opportunity, throwing for 2,884 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushing for 525 and 10 more scores to lead Notre Dame to a 10-3 record.
"He is a big, physical quarterback who can make all of the throws that I think anybody needs to make in the National Football League," head coach Hue Jackson said. "He is intelligent. He has the characteristics that we are looking for."
Kizer's 2016 season was up and down but included a number of highlight-reel moments. Against Texas in the season opener, Kizer threw for 215 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 77 yards and another score. Notre Dame struggled out of the gate and never recovered, though, and finished the season 4-8. Kizer completed 58.7 percent of his passes for 2,925 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
"As a quarterback you need to be able to be the same guy every play, every rep. Last year, I wasn't able to do that as much as I would have liked to," Kizer said. "I think that has a lot to do with mechanics and footwork. There is a lot that goes into being a good quarterback. I honestly think this is the best opportunity for me as far as teams to be selected to and to be around a great coach who can fix those lulls and create some consistency. I can't wait for Coach Jackson to go back and continue to allow me to improve from that last year and to take those spurts of greatness and allow that to push forward for a long time."
Kizer, who said at the Combine that the bright lights of Notre Dame and multiple years of starting experience make him ready to play in the NFL as a rookie if that's what he's summoned to do, said he's ready to compete.
"My goal right now is to figure out a way to figure out a way to learn as much as I can to even get myself on that list and to try to find some success," he said. "There is a lot for me to learn in the next couple of months. I just look forward to getting there and learning those things."
The Cleveland Browns draft DeShone Kizer at No. 52 in the 2017 NFL Draft.
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