Who will start at QB for Browns on opening day?

Cleveland addressed its endless list of needs in the draft, but the starting quarterback job is still up for grabs. Here are the betting odds in the race for the position, and our wagering recommendation.

 

The Cleveland Browns received generally positive reviews for the manner in which they used their 10 picks in the NFL Draft to reverse their fortunes.

They needed help in all phases and drafted accordingly, taking playmakers and linemen on both sides of the ball, and also selecting the only placekicker taken in the draft.

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Finding a long-term quarterback also was among Cleveland's goals, but whether the Browns did so remains to be seen.

They passed on the opportunity to take top QB prospect Mitch Trubisky with the top overall pick, or Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes with the No. 12 pick.

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They instead addressed the position by taking Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer in the second round (No. 52). Kizer is widely regarded as a prospect with great potential, but had maturity and work-ethic concerns in college.

Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said Kizer will be given a chance to win the starting job, against competition that includes incumbent starter Cody Kessler, off-season acquisition Brock Osweiler and second-year Stanford product Kevin Hogan.

Kessler started eight games last season before a concussion ended his rookie campaign. Robert Griffin III started the last four games for the Browns.

The former USC standout and 2016 third-round draft pick, Kessler fared reasonably well. He threw for 1,380 yards with six touchdowns against two interceptions.

But his high completion percentage (65.6) compared to his meager yards per attempt (7.1) suggests Kessler is something of a Captain Checkdown. He also absorbed 21 sacks.

Even so, it's far from a sure thing that the Browns will move on from Kessler with either Osweiler or Kizer in the immediate future.

This is because Jackson, in a recent interview, gave Kessler a strong endorsement and said the job was his to lose.

"They have to take it from him," Jackson said. "They better take it from him because I know him -- he?s not going to give it up. It will be fun. This is what competition is all about."

Bookmaker.eu is offering a prop bet on the outcome: Who will be the Browns starting quarterback on opening day?

Cody Kessler, -250

Brock Osweiler, +275

DeShone Kizer, +500

Kevin Hogan, +2,500

Field, +1,000

Jackson's stated support for Kessler explains why the second-year pro is such a solid favorite in this prop bet.

But there will pressure on the Browns to win immediately.

Osweiler has the most NFL starting experience, plus a chance to outplay Kessler in the preseason. He is the top value on the board here.

Back Osweiler at +275 to start for Cleveland in Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh.