Around The North: Cleveland Browns Day Two Recap

Following up a rather strong Day 1, the Cleveland Browns hit another home run with the 52nd overall pick to start Day 2.

At No. 52, the Browns waited to get their guy at quarterback in Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. It was surprising that no team traded up into the top of the second round with the Green Bay Packers to pick a guy many thought was one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.

A big quarterback with plenty of high-end tools to work with for the position, Kizer is a great get for Hue Jackson and Browns after Cleveland failed to get Mitchell Trubisky early in the drafted and then traded out of No. 12 with Houston to avoid Deshaun Watson.

Kizer likely won’t play much in 2017, and that’s just fine for Cleveland. Giving him a year to sit and develop behind Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and Brock Osweiler.

Following the selection of Kizer, Cleveland went defensive line again, picking Charlotte’s Larry Ogunjobi with pick No. 65.

I’ll be honest: I hadn’t heard of this guy prior to the draft, but he makes sense for Gregg Williams up front.

At 6’3”, 305 pounds, Ogunjobi is a quick guy at the snap and really shoots gaps well. He provides the Browns with good depth along the interior of the defensive line with Danny Shelton, Jamie Meder and Xavier Cooper, among others.

Overall, the Browns did well on Day 2, getting a QB of the future and a defensive lineman that should see plenty of playing time in 2017.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I knew this team was going to get Kizer. One way or another. He completes my “Last name that ends in “ER” trifecta,” that I needed in order to correctly predict Dave’s ‘Friday 5 Questions’ from weeks ago. Kizer was my “Marvin Gardens,” for that stupid team from up North. Lol. I’ll now be buying houses – then hotels. 🙂

  • NCSteel

    LOL Darth, good stuff indeed.
    In all seriousness, I really liked the Browns approach to this draft, possibly even more than I liked our own teams approach. They were calm, cool, came in with a game plan and went to work getting after it. They usually leave you scrathing your head but I think with this draft, they may have actually joined the NFL.

  • George Hareras

    I don’t like the pick at all. He holds the ball way too long and makes poor decisions. They traded up to get him in rd 2 and he’s not ready to start, so if he waits another year to start, then why not draft a guy in rd 1 next year? That class is loaded

  • mokhkw

    Compared to the other QBs of similar ability, experience and talent that went in day 1 & for multiple picks exchanged/given up, Kizer could be viewed as a bargain at this stage.

    Agree that next year would make sense but if you look at the QBs in this years class, the best year by any of them playing in a scheme that translates to the NFL and versus the level of competition faced, Kizer’s in 2015 would be the best. Start of the year he was touted as 1st Rd pick until the Irish fell apart late in the season.

    But I get the “wait til next year argument” & I would put that against any QB drafted this year tbh, especially all the over-drafted guys at the top of Rd.1

  • mokhkw

    I’m liking what they’re doing as well, Ogunjobi I had as a 4th in one of my earlier mocks, he plays low and hard, needs more time to develop but has starting ability. Nice hand work and hip snap, a bit of a reach but not by much imo.