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DeShone Kizer Selected in the Second Round of 2017 NFL Draft

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DeShone Kizer drafted by the Cleveland Browns

Many believed DeShone Kizer should have returned to Notre Dame for his final seasons, however Kizer had other plans in mind. Among those critics was Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. Kizer made headlines nearly a week ago in an interview with USA Today. The 21-year old quarterback likened himself to be a blend of Tom Brady and Cam Newton.

“No one else can do what I can do. And I’ve truly figured out in this (draft) process, if I can maximize all my potential in every aspect of the game – this is bold – I do have the ability to be the greatest quarterback to ever play. Imagine taking (Tom) Brady’s intellect and Brady’s preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton’s body. Why can’t I be the greatest?

Without having played a down a football at the NFL level DeShone Kizer certainly doesn’t lack confidence. Many executives and scouts however perceive it to be arrogance. One anonymous scout labeled Kizer as a ‘pure millennial‘.

“He’s caught up in being more of a quarterback image than being a quarterback. If he goes to the right spot with the right coach, he’ll ascend. They’re going to have to get him to focus on football. I honestly think this guy would do better in a small market. If he goes to a big market he’ll enjoy everything else that comes with the position. The one position in the building you don’t want to worry about whether he’s going to be focused on football is quarterback.”

DeShone Kizer Strengths (Per Football Focus)

  • Big-bodied, prototypical size and stature.
  • Pure and smooth over the top release.
  • Power to push the ball to each level with relative ease.
  • Athletic player in the pocket and shows good mobility to pick up yards with his legs.
  • Good pocket poise with a willingness to stand in there and take a hit to make throws.
  • Instinctive in the pocket with the ability to evade defenders and maintain eyes downfield to get through progressions.
  • Understands how to tempo the ball and throw with arc and pace up and over defenders.
  • Shows he can scan the entire field with pure progression reads.
  • Deep ball arm talent is on par with some of the best in the NFL.

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