Which leaves an even bigger question – What if Watson is already gone?
There are three quarterbacks anticipated to be taken in the first 12 picks of the 2017 NFL draft. Those three quarterbacks, Mitch Trubisky, DeShone Kizer, and Deshaun Watson, are still a guessing game as to whom will go where.
So, here’s the scenario. What if Deshaun Watson goes before Cleveland’s pick? Mitch Trubisky is projected by just about everyone to go to the Chicago Bears. If the San Francisco 49ers, the other team in the top 10 looking for a quarterback, take Watson with the second pick, where does that leave the Browns?
Well, it leaves them with DeShone Kizer. During Kizer’s final season at Notre Dame, he threw for almost as many yards (2925 yards) as the six players to drop back for the Browns last year (3693 yards).
On top of that, Kizer threw for three fewer touchdowns in 2016 (26 touchdowns) as Cleveland’s six players threw touchdowns and interceptions combined (15 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 29 total).
It is no secret what’s so ever that the Browns would love to have Kizer as their play-caller. His ability to throw deep will go a long way in appealing to Terrelle Pryor, and his athleticism is a necessity when playing for the Browns.
The Browns waiting for Watson at number twelve could be a stretch. After beating an unbeatable team in the biggest stage of his career, Watson will have the upper hand when teams are thinking of drafting a quarterback. With two in the top 10, it’s hard to say Watson is going to fall to twelve.
Cleveland using the first pick in the draft for Watson is foolish, and it won’t happen. That means if they want him, they may need to move up or hope for a miracle. If they wait and he’s not there, their second pick may be Kizer.
No Notre Dame fan wants DeShone Kizer to go to Cleveland. In fact, no fan of a quarterback wants any of them to go to, Cleveland. But, if they think Watson is going to fall to twelve, they’re wrong. And because of it, they could be left picking the former Irish quarterback.