3. Kevin Davidson
Browns fans no quarterbacks and Cleveland fans will recognize its new signal caller hails from Princeton. Classic analytics move.
Kevin Davidson joins a Berry and Paul DePodesta (Harvard) and Stefanski, who went to Penn.
Davidson’s got a shot because the same reasoning that applies to Dontrell Hilliard can be directed toward Garrett Gilbert.
The Browns’ backup didn’t have to play all that much after joining the Browns following the collapse of AAF. Most notably, he attended high school as the same time as Baker Mayfield, as he was a senior when Mayfield was a freshman.
With Mayfield and Case Keenum locking up the top two spots, there’s no guarantee Gilbert’s safe with a new GM and coach on board.
As for Davidson, there wasn’t a ton of buzz surrounding his stock coming out of high school. He played for Marcus Peters’ father, Michael Peters for McClymonds High School in West Oakland, Calif. He transferred from Ramon Valley High.
He started four games for Peters, all of which, he won, but then he was found ineligible by the California’s governing board, because they deemed the transfer to be only about athletics.
His offers came down to the Ivy League and UC Davis. With a nudge from his father, eastward he went.
Davidson was downright elite in-conference, posting a 91.3 grade. As you’d suspect, he’s regarded as a tremendous decision maker. On the downside, he doesn’t do much when the pocket collapses, as he completed just 13 passes on 41 attempts on plays not designed to leave the pocket.