BEREA, Ohio (AP) – The Browns’ never-ending search for a franchise quarterback has brought them to Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer.
After passing on quarterbacks in the first round, Cleveland selected Kizer in the second round with the No. 52 overall pick. The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Kizer struggled last season for the Fighting Irish, but the Browns are intrigued with his size, arm and upside.
The Browns have started 26 quarterbacks since 1999, when they returned as an expansion team. Their inability to find a long-term answer at QB has been the single biggest reason for years of ineptitude.
On Thursday, Sashi Brown, the team’s head of football operations, said the team wouldn’t “force” picking a quarterback and would wait for the right moment to grab one. Kizer, who left college after his junior season, might not be their future, but he at least gives Browns coach Hue Jackson another option next season along with Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan.
Kizer’s selection was announced in Philadelphia by Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, who read the QB’s name with authority.
The selection of Kizer, who is from Toledo, Ohio, would seem to end any speculation about the Browns bundling picks and trading for a veteran quarterback. New England’s Jimmy Garoppolo was thought to be a possible target for Cleveland, which played six quarterbacks last season.
The Browns have one pick in the third round and will enter Saturday’s final day with five more picks.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indianapolis Colts stayed true to their defensive overhaul on Friday, taking Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson in the second round of the NFL draft at No. 46 overall.
Wilson fills a clear need for the Colts, who have no clear-cut starter to play opposite two-time Pro Bowler Vontae Davis.
The 6-foot-1, 213-pound Wilson becomes yet another piece in new general manager Chris Ballard’s puzzle. When he took the job in January, Ballard promised to fix the defense and he’s certainly tried — by signing eight veteran defensive free agents and using his first two draft picks on defensive players. Indy took Ohio State safety Malik Hooker in the first round Thursday.
Last season, Wilson started all 13 games for the Gators, had three interceptions and then declared for the draft after his junior season. He started nine games in 2015 and two in 2014. In three seasons at Florida, two as a starter, Wilson had 81 tackles, six interceptions and 14 passes defensed.
While some scouts believe Wilson may be better suited to play safety in the NFL, Wilson said the Colts have informed him they expect him to stay at cornerback.
The addition of two potential play-makers in the secondary certainly could change how Indy plays. They were ranked No. 30 against the pass over the past two seasons and they still lack depth in the secondary.
Indy still had one third-round pick to make Friday, at No. 80 overall.
The Colts are expected to start Saturday with four more draft picks. They have three in the fourth round — at No. 121, the Patriots’ at No. 137 and a compensatory pick at No. 144. Indy acquired New England’s pick in the Dwayne Allen trade. Indy’s final selection is expected to come in the fifth round at No. 158 overall.