NFL Draft: Browns get their quarterback in second round

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 9:12 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 12:03 AM


            Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer (14) warms up before practice at Scottsdale Community College in Phoenix on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. David Jablonski/Staff

Just when some thought the Cleveland Browns had decided to delay their seemingly endless quarterback search, they selected Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer on Friday in the second round of the NFL Draft with the No. 52 overall pick.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Toledo native battled through coaching issues last season to complete 212 of his 361 attempts for 2,925 yards and 26 touchdowns against nine interceptions despite being sacked 25 times behind the Fighting Irish’s struggling offensive line.

In his two years as a starter, Kizer completed 423 attempts for 5,809 yards and 47 touchdowns against 19 interceptions.

Kizer watched three other quarterbacks come off the board before him on Thursday before finding his landing spot.

The Browns can only hope Kizer works out better than Brady Quinn, the last Notre Dame quarterback they drafted. They chose Quinn, also an Ohio native, with the No. 22 pick in the first round in 2007 and he was out of football in a few years.

The Browns drafted Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick on Thursday, and then moved back in a trade with the Houston Texans.

Quarterbacks drafted ahead of Kizer included North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky (No. 2 to Chicago Bears), Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes (No. 10 to Kansas City Chiefs) and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson (No. 12 to the Houston Texans). All went in the top half of the first round.

At 6-4 and 230 pounds, Kizer’s physical tools drew raves from scouts. But he struggled last season and completed 59 percent of his passes as Notre Dame went a disappointing 4-8.

Coach Brian Kelly said earlier in April that Kizer “should still be in college” and needs time to develop.

“No one else can do what I can do,” Kizer told USA TODAY Sports before the draft. “And I’ve truly figured out in this (draft) process, if I can maximize all my potential in every aspect of the game – this is bold – I do have the ability to be the greatest quarterback to ever play.

“Imagine taking (Tom) Brady’s intellect and Brady’s preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton’s body. Why can’t I be the greatest? The only thing stopping me from it is me. That’s what’s driving me now.”

Kizer, 21, went 8-3 in 2015, his first season as the Notre Dame starter. He completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 2,880 yards and 21 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He ran 135 times for 525 yards and 10 touchdowns.

He left Notre Dame after his redshirt sophomore season.

NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler ranked him second among the quarterbacks in this class behind Trubisky. ESPN analyst Todd McShay said Kizer “has the biggest upside” of all the quarterbacks.

Kizer has impressive arm strength, but his mechanical issues in the pocket led to accuracy issues at Notre Dame and need work.

Investing in Kizer in the second round is likely to quiet the speculation about the Browns trading for a veteran quarterback like New England Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo or Cincinnati Bengals backup AJ McCarron.

In the third round, the Browns selected Larry Ogunjobi, a 6-3, 305-pound defensive tackle from North Carolina Charlotte with the 65th overall pick.

Regional high school softball pairings, results

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:22 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:42 PM

Northwestern and Badin will play a rematch of their D-III regional semifinal at WSU last season. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
Hubbard

WEDNESDAY’S REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

D-I at Centerville

Lebanon vs. Lakota West, 2 p.m.

Springboro vs. Mason, 5 p.m.

D-II at Mason

Spg. Shawnee vs. Jonathan Alder, 2 p.m.

Greenville vs. Clinton-Massie, 5 p.m.

REGIONAL TRACK: At Dayton (D-I), Piqua (D-II) and Troy (D-III)

D-III at Wright State University

Northwestern vs. Badin, 2 p.m.

West Liberty-Salem vs. Col. Ready, 5 p.m.

D-III at Findlay

Pemberville Eastwood vs. N. Robinson Col. Crawford, 2 p.m.

Coldwater vs. Cardington-Lincoln, 5 p.m.

REGIONAL BASEBALL: Pairings, results

D-IV at Greenville

Parkway vs. Williamsburg, 2 p.m.

Franklin Monroe vs. Riverside, 5 p.m.

SATURDAY’S REGIONAL FINALS

All games at noon

D-I at Centerville

Lebanon/Lakota West vs. Springboro/Mason winners

D-II at Mason

Spg. Shawnee/Jonathan Alder vs. Greenville/Clinton-Massie winners

D-III at Wright State University

Northwestern/Badin vs. West Liberty-Salem/Col. Ready winners

D-III at Findlay

Pemberville Eastwood/N. Robinson Col. Crawford vs. Coldwater/Cardington-Lincoln winners

D-IV at Greenville

Parkway/Williamsburg vs. Franklin Monroe/Riverside winners

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Regional high school baseball pairings, results

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:52 PM

Chaminade Julienne celebrates after Mark Barhorst (7) knocked in the winning run against Badin during a D-II sectional baseball final at Miamisburg. Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard
EL Hubbard

THURSDAY’S REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

D-I at University of Cincinnati

Centerville vs. Lakota West, 2 p.m.

Fairfield vs. Cin. St. Xavier, 5 p.m.

REGIONAL TRACK: At Dayton (D-I), Piqua (D-II) and Troy (D-III)

D-II at Mason

Ross vs. Col. St. Francis DeSales, 2 p.m.

Waynesville vs. Chaminade Julienne, 5 p.m.

D-III at Athletes in Action, Xenia

Carlisle vs. Cin. Country Day, 2 p.m.

Cin. Hills Christian Academy vs. Fredericktown, 5 p.m.

REGIONAL SOFTBALL: Pairings, results

D-IV at Carlton Davidson Stadium, Springfield

Tri-County North vs. Newark Catholic, 2 p.m.

Russia vs. Fort Loramie, 5 p.m.

D-IV at Patrick Henry

Minster vs. New London, 2 p.m.

Edon vs. Leipsic, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY’S REGIONAL FINALS

All games at 5 p.m.

D-I at University of Cincinnati

Centerville/Lakota West vs. Fairfield/Cin. St. Xavier winners

D-II at Mason

Ross/Col. St. Francis DeSales vs. Waynesville/Chaminade Julienne winners

D-III at Athletes in Action, Xenia

Carlisle/Cin. Country Day vs. CHCA/Fredericktown winners

D-IV at Carlton Davidson Stadium, Springfield

Tri-County North/Newark Catholic vs. Russia/Fort Loramie winners

D-IV at Patrick Henry

Minster/New London vs. Edon/Leipsic winners

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Regional high school track and field meets

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 6:21 PM

Middletown sophomore Shandon Morris was third in the high jump during the D-I district track and field meet at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium on Friday, May 19, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The following are this week’s regional track and field times and sites. The top four in each event advance to next week’s state meet at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

REGIONAL SOFTBALL: Pairings, results

WEDNESDAY

D-I at Welcome Stadium, Dayton

5 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, discus.

6:30 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals; top times to Friday’s finals.

REGIONAL BASEBALL: Pairings, results

D-III at Memorial Stadium, Troy

4 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, shot put.

5 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals; top times to Friday’s finals.

THURSDAY

D-II at Alexander Stadium, Piqua

5 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, shot put.

6:30 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals; top times to Saturday’s finals.

FRIDAY

D-I at Welcome Stadium, Dayton

5 p.m. field events: Boys high jump, shot put; girls pole vault, long jump, shot put.

6 p.m. running finals.

D-III at Memorial Stadium, Troy

5 p.m. field events: Boys high jump, shot put; girls pole vault, long jump, discus.

6 p.m. running finals.

SATURDAY

D-II at Alexander Stadium, Piqua

11 a.m. field events: Boys high jump, shot put; girls pole vault, long jump, discus.

12:30 p.m. running finals.

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Football recruiting: Xenia wide receiver Meechi Harris narrows his list to 9 schools

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

Meechi Harris (1 in blue) of Xenia scores a touchdown against Beavercreek.

Xenia receiver Meechi Harris has narrowed his list of potential college football destinations.

The three-star prospect is down to nine as summer camp season approaches: West Virginia, Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Kentucky, Minnesota and Toledo.

Harris was fifth in the GWOC in receiving yards with 663 last season.

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He scored 10 touchdowns on offense and added four more on special teams, including a pair of punt return TDs against Sidney.

He also returned a kickoff for a score against Beavercreek and Fairborn.

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Harris scored 8.2 points and grabbed 6.1 rebounds per game for the Buccaneers basketball team last winter.