Roy Miller Limited Jersey Look back at the majority of the aforementioned names — most are on defense. The offense has added talent, too, but that defense has gotten beefed up the last two offseasons.
Ersan Ilyasova Limited Jersey The list of seemingly wise moves in every area of personnel is long. The production on the field — often individually, definitely collectively — has been short. Bortles has been an easy (and deserving) target. It’s not just him, though.
For example, Fournette is there to take the job of the two backs who were supposed to be an unbeatable tandem: T.J. Yeldon from the 2015 draft and Chris Ivory from the 2016 free-agency class. Robinson is being brought in to be what 2013 second overall pick Luke Joeckel never was. The big additions on defense … well, despite the spending and supposedly clever drafting, they needed them.
It’s hard to say, as always. Kizer’s path to the draft winds more than usual for a quarterback. He led Notre Dame to a Fiesta Bowl appearance in 2015, but guided a 4-8 team last season. He put up big numbers in that stretch: 5,805 passing yards, 47 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, with a 60.7 percent completion percentage to boot. The uncomfortable back-and-forth with Irish coach Brian Kelly about his NFL readiness brings those questions to light during the draft process.
We don’t know how good Kizer is or how ready he is for the NFL, but he’s a 6-4, 233-pound quarterback who has enough upside for us to think there’s a chance. If Kelly doesn’t think Kizer is ready, then how can Hue Jackson possibly think the same thing with a second-round pick? The Browns drafted Kessler with a third-round pick last season. Jackson enjoys molding quarterbacks, and this is another chance.