Cleveland Browns add talent but lack clarity in one key spot – AFC North – Cleveland Browns News

Cleveland Browns add talent but lack clarity in one key spot – AFC North – Cleveland Browns News

The Cleveland Browns ended their offseason program on June 15. Here’s a look at how they fared:

Offseason goals/grade: The Browns stabilized several positions in free agency and the draft. They bolstered the offensive line in free agency, added three players in the first round of the draft and quarterback DeShone Kizer in the second, and filled in needs here and there with some other smart additions. The biggest problem, which Hue Jackson admitted as minicamp wound down: The Browns did not land the franchise quarterback they need in the first round or via free agency. However, they gave themselves a chance when they took Kizer, and given the options this offseason that’s as sound a risk as any they could take. These moves won’t lead to double-digit wins in 2016, but they do lay a foundation for future success once the quarterback is found and in place. Even without the quarterback, this was a good offseason for a team that needed one. Grade: B+

Move I liked: The drafting of Kizer in Round 2 gave the Browns a quarterback with a great arm, size and talent. But by not taking him in Round 1, the Browns ratcheted back the expectations and pressure on the young passer. Kizer can learn and grow at his pace. His selection brought a new and better feel to the entire draft. And his ability led quarterbacks coach David Lee to say: “He has an extremely strong arm, and if we can get his fundamentals and his lower body good, you don’t touch his release. He has one of the most beautiful releases and whip in his arm. He has to learn the offense. He has a lot in front of him. It is different. He is not playing [in college] anymore. It is…

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