Rankings
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Player Display Name: 
DeShone Kizer

Quarterback
School: Notre Dame | Conference: Ind
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4.5 / 233 | 40: 4.81 | DRAFT YR:2017

Rankings

Grade
3.83
Projected Round
2nd
Bio: 
Two-year starter who completed 58.7 percent of his passes and threw for 2,925 yards and 26 touchdowns with nine interceptions, adding 472 yards and eight scores on the ground. Started the final 11 games of his sophomore season and threw for 2,880 yards and 21 touchdowns with 10 interceptions while completing 62.9 percent of his passes and rushing for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Pos: 
Strong-armed, athletic quarterback with a very streaky game. Patient in the pocket, for the most part scans the field going through progressions and sidesteps defenders to buy time. Big enough and strong enough to withstand the rush, possesses the arm strength necessary to make all the throws and to his credit does not force the ball into covered targets. Delivers the ball with an over-the-top delivery, puts speed on throws and shows the ability to be on the mark with downfield passes. Senses the rush, remains poised under pressure and can pick up yardage with his legs when necessary. Makes plays inside and outside the pocket, goes to secondary receivers and flashes the ability to beautifully place throws.
Neg: 
Releases the ball with poor footwork or drops his shoulder, which adversely affects his accuracy. Inconsistent with his reads and occasionally stares down the primary target. Really did not improve on what was a terrific sophomore campaign.
Analysis: 
Kizer is a big-armed athlete with starting potential at the next level, yet he’s a quarterback who must improve his throwing mechanics and defensive reads. He made a mistake entering the draft and will need a lot of work before he’s NFL-ready, but if the light goes on Kizer offers bigtime possibilities at the next level.