Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer opts for NFL Draft

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One of the top quarterback prospects on projected draft boards officially threw his hat into the ring on Monday.

Kizer announced his plans to head into the professional ranks and said he’s “ready to accept this challenge” of entering the NFL. Because of his position, plenty of people will be following his visits and workouts over the coming months to see where that challenge will begin.

Much has been made of the lack of a surefire top pick among this year’s incoming quarterbacks and Kizer certainly hasn’t convinced the masses that he’s worth taking at the top of the draft, but quarterbacks are always valued and Kizer’s best work has shown the mix of arm and athleticism that teams are looking for. That best work has been interspersed with accuracy and decision making issues over his 23 college starts that will turn off some analysts, although much more work will be done breaking Kizer down now that he’s officially heading for the pros.

North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky and Clemson’s DeShaun Watson are seen as other potential high picks at quarterback when the 2017 Draft gets going next year.

22 responses to “Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer opts for NFL Draft

  1. I’m biased, as I’m a huge Kizer fan, but he has the tools to work with to be a very good QB. Being coached by that maniac Kelly was only stunting his growth.
    Having said all that…I don’t think he’s a guy you plug in right away. Under any circumstances. Give him a year on the bench to work on his accuracy, etc.

  2. bigjayler says:
    Dec 12, 2016 1:57 PM
    Welcome to Cleveland. Last time the Browns passed on a NW Ohio qb, he became a 2 time SB champion. Sashi, don’t make that same mistake.

    Maybe you should lay off the weed. You do realize that Notre Dame is in Southbend, Indiana not Ohio.

  3. Because some team will be desperate, he’ll be drafted higher than he should and be a starter sooner than he should. That said he seems like a good kid with the physical ability to compete at the next level so I hope it all works out for him.

  4. .
    The QB class usually comes together after the Senior Bowl. Coaches and GMs like to see the merchandise first hand.

  5. magikskillz says:
    Dec 12, 2016 2:10 PM

    Maybe you should lay off the weed. You do realize that Notre Dame is in Southbend, Indiana not Ohio.

    Quick check of the interwebs shows that Kizer is from Toledo.

    You know – NW Ohio…..

  6. “Maybe you should lay off the weed. You do realize that Notre Dame is in Southbend, Indiana not Ohio.”

    Isn’t he from Ohio though? You know like born and raised there and all?

  7. Obvious physical differences aside, I look at Kizer’s game and I see Jay Cutler. Buyer beware.

  8. usedjock says:
    Dec 12, 2016 2:45 PM
    If he is from Ohio he should have known to play one more year and avoid the draft because of the chance of going to Cleveland.

    Cleveland always seems to be in the ballpark of the first pick.

  9. We keep forgetting that there are two completely different skill sets required to play in college and pro. I love a guy like DeShaun Watson in the college game, but he has absolutely no chance of even being a backup NFL QB. Kizer doesn’t either. Trubisky does. You have to be able to make quick decisions and consistently throw the ball with great accuracy. That’s just the beginning, but that eliminates most QBs right there.

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