But injuries robbed him of much of his 2016 season and it crushed his development. Randall urged coaches to hold players more accountable for their mistakes. To trade talent away from a position of need for a backup quarterback feels like phase one of a larger plan.
The incestuous nature of this trade only grows with new Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine being the former Browns head coach.
Kizer has three years left on his rookie deal.
Randall should immediately step in opposite Jason McCourty and be a starting corner for a Browns passing defense that ranked 27th against the pass by DVOA according to Football Outsiders.
The Cleveland Browns are wheeling and dealing. The team is also highly expected to take a rookie quarterback in the 2018 draft.
Can the Browns get the best out of him? The Packers went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Instead, the Browns can go with the best player available, and adjust their players accordingly.
This couldn't be better news for Kizer. This means the Packers will have the first pick of Day 3 of the draft and have essentially traded up in two rounds without having to surrender any picks. He was franchised by the Dolphins and there are reports that he could play under the franchise tag with the Browns.
Jackson fully expected Kizer to struggle in his first year and those fears played out week after week. The teams also swapped picks in the fourth and fifth rounds, meaning the Packers moved to the top of those rounds.
The deal on the whole is a productive move for the Packers. Add a free agent or two and a draft pick or two and the Packers will be fine at cornerback.
Until we see those moves, however, we're left with the freakish dissonance of the Browns making a win-now move while the Packers, a team with Super Bowl aspirations, appear to be planning for the future.