DFW 2017 ROOKIE PROFILE: QB Deshone Kizer

Year School Conf Class Pos G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
*2015 Notre Dame Ind SO QB 13 210 334 62.9 2880 8.6 8.5 21 10 150.1
2016 Notre Dame Ind JR QB 12 212 361 58.7 2925 8.1 8.4 26 9 145.6
Career Notre Dame 422 695 60.7 5805 8.4 8.5 47 19 147.7

Deshone Kizer – Jr / 6’4″ / 233 lbs – Notre Dame

  • More weaknesses than strengths at this point as a young 20 year old, but has a huge ceiling if it all clicks.
  • Raw dual-threat QB who rushed for 1,029 yards and 17 TDs in his final two years to go with his 5,600 passing yards and 45 passing TDs.
  • Has all the tools from great size, athleticism and a cannon for an arm with tons of velocity.
  • Can make all the NFL throws.
  • Should be a good in the red-zone with his ability to scramble when the play breaks down or designed QB runs.
  • Is built to withstand the punishment of the NFL.
  • Mechanics lend to a tight spiral which help to limit drops by the receivers.
  • Needs to work on his progressions at the next level.
  • Doesn’t throw WR’s open or anticipate very well, usually waits until he sees that the target is open causing him to stare down his guy.
  • Threw too many interceptions.
  • Was benched for Zaire in spots during his final season.
  • Needs to work on footwork and drop backs due to rarely running 5 and 7 step drops in Notre Dames shotgun heavy offense.
  • Can hold on to the ball too long resulting in sacks.
  • Accuracy issues as he disappointed in throwing drills at the combine to rebound at his Pro Day completing 50 out of 60 passes.
  • His accuracy issues will also have an effect on the YAC ability of his receivers in the NFL since they won’t always catch the ball in stride at full speed if he’s off target.
  • Limited college experience with less than 2 full seasons starting.  Coach Brian Kelly recently commented that Kizer needed more time to develop, could just be a bad reaction to a player he thought he’d have to lead his team for another season.
  • Also recruited by Alabama, LSU, Nebraska, and Penn State.
  • Rated by Rivals as a 4-star recruit coming out of Central Catholic HS while ranking 9th overall for best dual-threat QB prospect of his class.
  • 2013 Ohio D3 co-offensive player of the year
  • COMBINE UPDATE: 40 = 4.83, Vertical = 30 1/2″, Broad Jump = 8’9″, Bench = NA, 3-Cone = 7.4
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: Round 1-2 and rated 3rd among QBs.
  • DYNASTY ROOKIE: Late 2nd to early 3rd or mid-to-late 1st in superflex format with the right landing spot.  He is very raw and the weaknesses at this point far outweigh the strengths in my opinion.  That being said if he gets a chance to sit and develop he could turn into something special.