In this draft analyst’s opinion, DeShone Kizer is the best quarterback in this draft class- but that isn’t saying much. A fundamentally flawed project, the Notre Dame signal-caller brings his superior arm strength and ability to make some seriously impressive throws to his extensive game tape. Predicting where this man will be drafted is rather like saying how many pieces of hay are in the haystack.
The combine served Kizer well. It showed him as a big QB in terms of stature, with some mobility and strength.
Weight: 233 lbs
40-Yard Dash: 4.83 seconds
Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches
Broad Jump: 107 inches
Three Cone Drill: 7.40 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.53 seconds
Kizer just looks like an NFL quarterback. With that sturdy frame and cannon arm, the 21 year old fills the role of the kind of person you imagine lining up under centre.
Beyond his stature, Kizer can make an impressive range of throws. Testing the seams, dropping balls into corner routes, and hitting a rainbow over a receiver’s shoulder are all a part of the Toledo native’s repertoire. You can be sure of a tight spiral too, as his compact delivery ensures balls that are very difficult to drop.
When in the zone, Kizer’s feet are a joy to watch. Mirroring his eye movements, the ball is released with maximum potential velocity behind it.
With industrious legs, Kizer is more than able to gallop into open field when he sees it. The quarterback had 18 touchdowns with his feet in his two years of starting in South Bend.
Kizer’s big flaw is his vision. Too often he’ll get caught staring his primary read down, and has telegraphed interceptions to opposing defensive backs in his collegiate career. Additionally, rather than anticipating a route break, Kizer is too reliant on waiting for open throwing windows.
This carries over into subsequent accuracy issues. Rather than being a generally inaccurate quarterback, my biggest concern is his inability to lead a receiver. Hitting a receiver between the numbers as opposed to a few inches in front or behind can be the difference between a first down, and fourth down.
A big fan of using the pump fake (which is somewhat understandable, as opposing safeties have to respect that kind of arm power), Kizer can be hesitant. Decisiveness is one of the key traits for viable NFL quarterbacks.
A questionable decision maker, with undeniable quality spraying the ball around the field. If you draft DeShone Kizer, you get a low floor and a high ceiling. Refinement is essential, but I believe the Fighting Irish star to be the most advantageous starting position for crafting a Super Bowl winning quarterback of all the other players at the position in this draft class.
RAF Big Board Ranking: #30
Draft Prediction: I really don’t know. Taking him at the top of the first round would be in reach in terms of pure talent, but if a team really liked Kizer then it could be feasible. Waiting for him to come back around at the top of the second round would be a risky strategy, as there are complete teams waiting at the base of the first round that might fancy their chances adding a developmental QB.