Browns don’t take a QB; Kessler looks like the starter

Despite three first-round picks, Cleveland didn't select a QB Thursday, seeming to signal Kessler is the starter. PFF looks at what he could offer in 2017.

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Browns QB Cody Kessler

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Browns don’t take a QB; Kessler looks like the starter

The Cleveland Browns drafted three players in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, surprising many as none of them was a quarterback, leaving Cody Kessler as the presumptive starter heading into the season.

  • Kessler’s PFF passing grade at USC in 2014 was better than the grade last season by any of the top QB prospects in this draft.
  • The Browns have bolstered their offensive line in free agency (J.C. Tretter at C, Kevin Zeitler at G), and drafted an athletic TE in David Njoku in the first round to improve the situation around him.
  • Kessler ended his rookie year with a passer rating of 92.3 overall, and 99.1 when kept clean in the pocket.
  • He also had the league’s second-best completion percentage under pressure (58.8 percent), and the sixth-best passer rating when pressured (82.4), showing significant promise in his first season.Cody Kessler
  • ghost

    Kessler will be a franchise quarterback.
    Book it.

    • Spare Tire Annihilator

      I agree. Give him a year with this better line and see what happens. Worst case we use all these extras picks next year and get Darnold.

      • Sufferfortribe

        I like Josh Allen over Darnold.

  • rld rld

    It does not matter what QB you have if there is no talent around him. Our O-Line improvement means better pass protection AND a better run game. I love the picks so far. Looks like 3 potential starters so far. Deep secondary class here as well for day 2–GO BROWNS!

  • Pook

    I think the main problem is Browns fans are so desperate for a savior QB that they want a rookie to come in a win a Super Bowl on his own. I like Cody Kessler and I want to see what he can do when he isn’t running for his life on every play.

  • Jose Velez

    The Browns had 2 1st round picks to start the night.

    Browns end up with 3 first round picks and a 1st round pick for next year.

    Browns didnt “reach” for a QB this year.

    Not a bad night