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Notre Dame Football: Cleveland Browns Are the Popular Pick to Land DeShone Kizer

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In their pre-NFL Combine mock drafts, the majority of draft analysts believe the league’s worst franchise will pick the Irish’s talented quarterback

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Brady Quinn didn’t mince words when asked about one of fellow Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer’s potential NFL destinations.

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“If DeShone goes to Cleveland next year, he’ll get a first-hand experience of very poor ownership and, unfortunately, a poor long-term and short-term vision of how to build success,” said Quinn, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2007.

While the NFL Draft is still 56 days away, the consensus among analysts offering mock drafts is that Kizer is the probable choice for the Browns at No. 12.

I’ve looked at 63 analyses from acknowledged experts, such as Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, to self-proclaimed analysts writing for niche audiences at NFL Mocks, Pro Player Insider and MyNFLDraft.com.

In their pre-NFL Combine analysis, most writers are staking a plot in one of two camps: DeShone Kizer is going to go to the Cleveland Browns or the Arizona Cardinals, or he’s falling out of the first round.

This analysis, however, doesn’t take into consideration how mock drafts undergo transformations from week to week. Here’s a breakdown of Kizer’s position in mock drafts published solely within the last week:

This includes updated mock drafts from CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler who dropped Kizer from No. 3 to No. 12 on Monday, following colleague Jared Dubin’s lead from last Friday.

Meanwhile, two analysts went to the extreme - in complete opposite directions.

CBS Sports’ Will Brinson dropped Kizer from the No. 6 pick to out of the first round in a single week, while WalterFootball’s Charlie Campbell had Kizer at No. 45 to the Cardinals on Feb. 20 and bumped him all the way up to No. 13 by Monday.

It’s unknown yet if Kizer will throw Saturday at the Combine. It seems more certain that the performances of his peers - especially Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Pat Mahomes - may have an effect on the order of quarterbacks chosen April 27 in Philadelphia.

As Cowboys Wire’s Keith Mullins reminds us, mock drafts are “predictably inaccurate given the variables in play [but] remain an entertaining part of the NFL’s unmatched year-round appeal.”

Or, as the NFL.com’s Chad Reuter said about his mock draft: “Producing a four-round mock draft two weeks before the NFL Scouting Combine is done for one of two reasons: 1) You're certifiably insane. 2) You want a snapshot of how players are viewed going into an event many refer to as the ‘Underwear Olympics.’ I'll claim it was done for the latter reason, though most who know me will choose the former.”

DeShone Kizer’s draft position

Draft analyst Publication Date of Mock Kizer at... Team
Draft analyst Publication Date of Mock Kizer at... Team
Oliver Connolly All 22 3/1/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Kristopher Knox Bleacher Report 3/1/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Pete Prisco CBS Sports 3/1/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Steven Petrella Land of 10 3/1/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Nate Davis USA Today 3/1/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Brent Sobleski Bleacher Report 2/28/2017 25 Houston Texans
Andre Simone BSN Denver 2/28/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Keith Mullins Cowboys Wire 2/28/2017 3 Chicago Bears
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press 2/28/2017 2 San Francisco 49ers
George Stockburger NFL Mocks 2/28/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Connor Hughes NJ.com 2/28/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Joe Malfa Turn on the Jets 2/28/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
D. Orlando Ledbetter Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2/27/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Steve Silverrman Bleacher Report 2/27/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Rob Rang CBS Sports 2/27/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Dane Brugler CBS Sports 2/27/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Peter Schrager Fox Sports 2/27/2017 2 San Francisco 49ers
Dan Schmelzer NFL Spin Zone 2/27/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Dan Kadar SB Nation 2/27/2017 3 Chicago Bears
Richard Sena Vavel 2/27/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Charlie Campbell WalterFootball 2/27/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Chris Roling Bleacher Report 2/26/2017 3 Chicago Bears
DaRon Frost Pro Players Insider 2/26/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Connor Reilly SEC Country 2/26/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
DraftSite.com 2/25/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Walter Cherepinsky WalterFootball 2/25/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Jared Dubin CBS Sports 2/24/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Ben Standig CSN Mid-Atlantic 2/24/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Michelle Bruton Bleacher Report 2/23/2017 6 New York Jets
Will Brinson CBS Sports 2/23/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Stephen Cohen Seattle Post-Intelligencer 2/23/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Ryan Wilson CBS Sports 2/22/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
DraftTek 3/1/2017 34 San Francisco 49ers
MyNFLDraft.com 2/22/2017 10 Buffalo Bills
Lance Zierlein NFL.com 2/22/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Eddie Brown San Diego Union-Tribune 2/22/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Luke Easterling The Draft Wire 2/22/2017 Not in the first round n/a
David McCracken Bleacher Report 2/21/2017 20 Denver Broncos
Erik Lambert NFL Mocks 2/21/2017 25 Houston Texans
Vinnie Iyer Sporting News 2/21/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Brad Weiss FanSided 2/17/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Steve Palazzolo Pro Football Focus 2/17/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Dieter Kurtenbach Fox Sports 2/16/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Chad Reuter NFL.com 2/16/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Bob McManaman The Arizona Republic 2/16/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Mel Kiper Jr. ESPN 2/15/2017 Not in the first round n/a
John Harris Washington Post 2/15/2017 10 Buffalo Bills
Nick Klopsis Newsday 2/14/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Eric Galko The Sporting News 2/13/2017 10 Buffalo Bills
Charlie Casserly NFL.com 2/11/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Jeff Risdon RealGM 2/10/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Eric Edholm Yahoo! 2/10/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Mike Kaye First Coast News 2/09/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Todd McShay ESPN 2/08/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Daniel Jeremiah NFL.com 2/08/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Chris Burke Sports Illustrated 2/08/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Dan Bilicki Toronto Sun 2/08/2017 10 Buffalo Bills
Scott Krinch CSN Chicago 2/07/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Lou Pickney DraftKing.com 2/07/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Matt Miller Bleacher Report 2/06/2017 3 Chicago Bears
Josh Norris Rotoworld 2/06/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Jay Skurski The Buffalo News 1/29/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Bucky Brooks NFL.com 1/26/2017 Not in the first round n/a
DeShone Kizer mock draft position, as of March 1 @andrewwinn