Browns get CB Damarious Randall; Packers get DeShone Kizer; teams swap fourth-and fifth-rounders this year.
It’s hard to long for Kizer, who owns a 0-15 career mark as a starter after a horrendous rookie season that included a league high 22 interceptions.
However, he enters year two with game experience, a good arm, an AFC North body frame and the ability to withstand a hit.
I don’t want this to seem like this is a press release issued by Kizer’s parents. HIs accuracy and decision making (holding onto the ball too long) were problems.
But coaching and more experience might’ve helped cure those warts. The kid was only 21 years old playing on the worst team in NFL history.
My problem with this deal is that the Browns have money and could’ve signed a corner.
Dorsey could have kept Kizer in the fold, “redshirted” him and had him in place to come in should the new starter go down.
The Browns could’ve continued to develop a young player who still has potential. Who knows, maybe his value would’ve increased down the road. Wishful thinking? Absolutely. But I saw enough of Kizer to know I didn’t want to give up on him, especially since the organization had already invested a year in him.
Kizer’s rookie season was rough, but the idea of “red shirting” him for his sophomore season seemed intriguing.
He had game experience, perhaps he could gain something from watching for the sidelines from a year.
As for Randall, you look at those last five games from last season where he allowed just 101 yards on 17 targets over his last 5 games with the Packers, according to PFF. However, for the season, though he graded out as the 81st ranked corner in the NFL.
Can he do it for a whole season? New executives Alonzo Highsmith and Eliot Wolf know Randall well, as they were in Green Bay when the Packers made him a 2015 first-round pick.