DeShone Kizer NFL Draft Profile
DeShone Kizer-QB-Notre Dame
Size: 6’4 230lbs
- Strong arm
- Strong, authoritative runner
Analysis: DeShone Kizer is a big quarterback with an even bigger arm. He can make any throw from anywhere on the field. He has the arm talent and willingness to challenge safeties on both intermediate and deep throws. Looks the part with thick frame to withstand NFL punishment. Over the top delivery creates tight spirals. Has powerful grip allowing for aggressive pump fakes to move defense around. When he’s comfortable, will tie feet with his eyes as he scans the field. Adequate drive accuracy. Strong, authoritative runner with the speed to hit a big play with his feet. Two-way threat in the red zone. Posted 18 rushing touchdowns over last two seasons.
- Gets stuck on primary reads
- Turnover prone?
Analysis: DeShone Kizer’s physical tools are second to none, but his trouble comes in the mental part of the game. He gets stuck on his primary read missing out on early openers around field. May not have eyes or compact release to spot and hit flashing targets. Can be too reliant upon arm strength over mechanics. Wants open throwing window rather than operating with early anticipation. He is quick to drop his eyes and halt progressions when pocket warms up. Inconsistent decision-maker. Showed dreadful lapses in judgement that lead to interceptions. Too willing to make off-balanced heaves. Benched against Stanford. Had at least one interception in 15 of his 23 starts.
My take: The big-bodied, athletic passer played well given his lack of experience, completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,884 yards and 21 touchdowns. Kizer earned the starting spot coming into the 2016 season, as head coach Brian Kelly saw the young man’s potential. He started the season strong (five touchdown passes against Texas in the opener) but fell into a midseason slump that saw him benched for Zaire at times. He threw for 2,925 yards and 26 touchdowns for the 4-8 Irish last year, and received sufficient positive feedback from NFL sources about his ability to leave school.
NFL Comparison: Steve McNair without the intangibles
Draft Projection: Round 2-3
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