The Browns ended up selecting former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer in Round 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft, but he’ll likely need at least a year to develop before taking meaningful starting reps.
Instead, the Browns will likely roll with second-year veteran Cody Kessler in 2017.
On one hand, Kessler isn’t in the worst of situations this upcoming year — once a staple for any quarterback wearing a Cleveland uniform. Head coach Hue Jackson and Co. seem to have a meaningful plan to get the Browns back on track.
It’s still going to be a long time coming. And Kessler, who managed a 92.3 passer rating last year, has to know he’s just a stopgap option at this point until Kizer is ready.