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
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.

WATCH: Baylor WR Gavin Holmes takes punch from West Virginia player while being tackled

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 11:17 PM

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Baylor nearly overcame a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit in a 38-36 loss to West Virginia at McLane Stadium on Saturday. The frantic finish, however, wasn’t the only drama in Waco.

Baylor wide receiver Gavin Holmes took a full-on punch to the helmet from West Virginia defensive back Corey Winfield while being tackled on a play in the loss to the Mountaineers.

Surprisingly, Winfield was not ejected after the play.

It wasn’t a good look for Winfield. At least not when Holmes was already about to have his forward progress stopped by another West Virginia defender.

Winfield, however, took to Twitter after the game to argue that it wasn’t intentional.

The loss on Saturday was Baylor’s third against a ranked opponent this season. The team will look to record its first win of the season at home on Oct. 28 against the 3-4 Texas Longhorns.

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Tom Brady’s mother was honored by Patriots before game against Falcons

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:59 PM

The New England Patriots honored quarterback Tom Brady’s mother, Galynn, before their Sunday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

Many people took the field for the Patriots prior to the game for their “Crucial Catch,” night. They brought people out to the field who have, or are still battling cancer. Left tackle Nate Soldier’s son came out to the field, and offensive lineman Marcus Cooper’s wife came onto the field to represent him. Also in that group was Galynn, accompanied by her husband Tom Brady Sr., via the Boston Herald.

During Super Bowl week, Brady got emotional publicly when talking about his family. It was later reported by CSN New England’s Tom E. Curran that Brady’s mother had been fighting cancer for 18 months.

During the summer, she concluded her cancer treatments and is reportedly doing a lot better. She definitely looks in better health from the pictures taken on Sunday night.

 

Jackson plays well with Pacman inactive

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:56 PM


            PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks up a pass intended for Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half during the game at Heinz Field on October 22, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 22: William Jackson #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks up a pass intended for Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half during the game at Heinz Field on October 22, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

One of the few bright spots to emerge Sunday in the 29-14 loss the Cincinnati Bengals suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field was the play of cornerback William Jackson.

The 2016 first-round pick started in place of Adam Jones, who was inactive with a back injury, and finished with two passes defended against Pittsburgh Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown in addition to blanketing him across the back of the end zone on a third-and-goal play with the score tied 14-14 in the second quarter.

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“I saw him running and I was like ‘Oh, he’s going to run all the way across the field,’” Jackson said. “So I had to get on my horse and go get him.”

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Jackson helped limit Brown to four catches — equalling his season-low — on 10 targets for 65 yards.

He was especially strong defending a couple of deep balls, which is one of the reasons the Bengals used their 2016 first-round pick on him.

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“I’ve got long arms, so I can ease off of them a little bit and knock it down,” said Jackson, who missed all of his rookie season with a chest injury.

“I wanted to show them I can compete with the best of them,” he added. “I expect to play well against anybody, not just Antonio. He’s just another receiver. No big deal.”

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According to Pro Football Focus, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a passer rating of 39.6 on his six targets against Jackson.

Florida State RB Jacques Patrick out for extended period of time with knee injury

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:47 PM

Florida State running back Jacques Patrick may not see the football field again for a while.

According to reports from Tomahawk Nation and Tallahassee.com, a knee injury during the Louisville game on Saturday will mean that the junior will miss “an extended period of time”.

Patrick has 76 carries for 434 yards and a touchdown thus far in 2017. He did run for 70 yards against Louisville in the Seminoles’ 31-28 loss. His career best performance was against Syracuse in 2015, when he ran for 162 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 carries.

Patrick’s injury is the latest on a long list that has affected the Seminoles this season. The most notable one was the injury to quarterback Deondre Francois in the opener in Atlanta against No. 1 Alabama. Wide receivers Keith Gavin (ankle) and George Campbell (hip) didn’t play on Saturday, while left guard Landon Dickerson has been lost for the season (right ankle).

The Seminoles play Boston College on Friday. That game is set for 8pm ET on ESPN.