Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer has all the talent. But, does he have the experience to justify a high draft selection?
School: Notre Dame Ht: 6-4 Wt: 230
Kizer has prototypical size for an NFL signal-caller, and has the height to stand tall in the pocket. His sturdy frame and muscular build will allow him to hold up to the rigors of the NFL. He’s an excellent athlete who excelled at three sports in high school.
Kizer’s biggest asset is his arm strength. He can challenge a defense on all three levels and has an aggressive mindset to test deep coverage. Kizer displays above average pocket awareness and innately creates throwing lanes. He can beat defenses with his feet in the open field as well, often scrambling for big yardage.
Kizer had a habit of relying solely on arm strength far too often, resulting in errant throws and turnovers. He will get sloppy with his footwork at times, throwing off his back foot, not getting set and sailing passes. Another area of improvement for Kizer is ball placement. He could do a better job leading receivers and throwing them open in tight windows.
Also of concern, is Kizer being relatively inexperienced as a college starter. He has only started 22 games for Notre Dame and it shows in his inconsistencies as a past and a leader on the field. As a redshirt-sophomore, Kizer is far from a finished product.
DeShone Kizer has all the physical tools scouts drool over in a quarterback. His size, arm talent and athleticism are all above-board. However, it will take a patient, diligent coaching staff to work with and push Kizer to get the most out of him. As he matures, he should draw better command on the field as a field general. All that being said, Kizer will likely be selected in the first round, with a team banking on his high-end physical traits.
Donovan McNabb (retired)