2017 NFL Draft: Breaking down Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer

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DeShone Kizer reminds me of Ben Roethlisberger with his pump fake and the way he scrambles. He stands tall in the pocket and looks confident.

Kizer had a string of bad plays against Texas. He threw a bad ball on a first down,  but his receiver bailed him out.

Kizer took a coverage sack due to a missed read. He had a man crossing through the middle wide open.

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  • Kizer showed pro style footwork throughout the game. Had good, consistent footwork.

    Kizer threw a beautiful touch pass down the seam for second touchdown. The receiver was wide open but still a nice pass.

    Kizer didnot panic in the pocket. You can see him going through his reads with comfort and poise.

    At the five minute mark in the 3rd quarter, Kizer threw three pump fakes and got the defense to freeze. This allowed him to throw the fourth score for Notre Dame.

    At the end of third he threw a dime under pressure that was a score if his receiver just does his job. Was a great pass under pressure.

    Kizer really struggled with some of the short throws and his accuracy was spotty, often throwing the ball in the dirt. Needs to improve on mechanics in order to fix that.

    Additional Notes:

    • Great touch pass and read on the fifth score on a wheel route to running back.
    • Kizer’s pump fake is mesmerizing.
    • He has enough straight line athleticism to translate to NFL.
    • Tough guy to bring down.
    • Plays down in the fourth quarter… suddenly gets skittish.