"He's a great coach," Ward said. "You can see what he's doing at Oregon. I think he has what it takes to be successful in this league. Whoever they pick, Chip is a great option. He's a great motivator. He comes in and he knows what he wants to do and he gets his players to play for him and play hard.
"He has a great scheme, great system. He's a high-energy coach."
If Kelly comes to Cleveland, he may have to adjust his system to fit quarterback Brandon Weeden, who can throw the ball with anyone but doesn't have the speed to run a spread offense.
"I don't think I can run the zone read," Weeden said, smiling.
There are some who doubt Kelly's system can work in the NFL, arguing that it's a trendy gimmick that will be exposed by bigger, faster and stronger defenders. Kelly was asked if he thought it could work at the next level.
"Don't know, haven't been there," he said. "There's a lot of ways to play football. Any coach is going to learn from other people and see how they can implement it in their system. Anything you do has to be personnel driven. You have to adapt to the personnel you have."
Banner believes some elements of the spread offense are transferrable to the NFL.
"The game evolves and there is always some stealing from college into the pros and some stealing from going in the other direction," he said. "You probably can't just take a pure NFL system and put it in college and have it work and you probably can't just take a purely clean current college system and put it in the pros and have it work.
"But that doesn't mean there are things that the right coach could integrate from both systems that could work very well at this level."
Cleveland also must replace general manager Tom Heckert, who was fired after three seasons. However, Banner said it's possible the Browns may hire a player personnel director, giving the coach ultimate power.
AP College Football Writer John Marshall in Scottsdale, Ariz. contributed to this report.
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