Browns stay at No. 32 and select Oklahoma State’s Ogbah

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Known as a quarterback expert, new Browns coach Hue Jackson thinks he’s found a keeper.

“Trust me on this one,” Jackson said late Friday night after the Browns selected Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler in the third round.

After trading out the No. 2 overall pick and a chance to take Carson Wentz last week, the Browns waited until the No. 93 pick to nab Kessler, who threw 88 touchdown passes during three seasons for the Trojans.

The Browns have spent their entire expansion era looking for a franchise quarterback, and while Robert Griffin III is expected to start next season, Jackson sees Kessler as a major part of his team’s future.

“This young man has pinpoint accuracy,” Jackson said. “He has great poise, pocket presence. He works at the game. Comes early, stays late. He’s everything that I think you look for in a quarterback.”

Kessler was considered an afterthought in this year’s quarterback class led by top pick Jared Goff and Wentz, who was drafted by Philadelphia after the Eagles made a blockbuster deal with the Browns. There was also Memphis’ Paxton Lynch and players like Michigan State’s Connor Cook, who is still available heading into Saturday’s fourth round.


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