Jon Gruden wouldn’t use a 1st round pick on DeShone Kizer

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Could the Houston Texans draft DeShone Kizer in the second round?

Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer is an interesting NFL prospect. He has a huge arm and can move around and make a defense pay with his legs.

Kizer ran a 4.83 forty yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

His biggest problems are his decision making as well as his accuracy.

Kizer could end up getting draft midway through the first round or could fall into the second round of this week’s NFL draft.

During a conference call with the media last week, former NFL head coach and current ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden said he would not use a first round pick on Kizer.

One AFC head coach apparently isn’t a big fan of Kizer as it looks like his draft stock is falling.


"“He’s got the size, the arm talent and he’s very bright,” the coach told MMQB. “But there’s a disconnect there. There are diva qualities there, and he seems to get voices in his head, like he’s fighting who he is. And once the cycle starts, he can’t get himself right.”"

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It doesn’t matter what Gruden or anyone else thinks about Kizer because he’s very confident himself and believes he’s a mix between Cam Newton and Tom Brady.

From Pro Football Talk:

"“Name a college quarterback who goes into the game-plan meetings on Monday and throws his notes at the coaches. No one else game plans the way I do. No one else prepares the way I do. No one else knows football the way I do. No one else is as big as I am. No one else is as powerful a runner as I am. Pat Mahomes might throw the ball 80 yards and I can only throw the ball 72, but I guarantee he can’t throw an out route the way I can. No one else can do what I can do. And I’ve truly figured out in this 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 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? The only thing stopping me from it is me. That’s what’s driving me now.”"

I love Kizer’s comments.  I love that he believes he has the talent of Tom Brady and Cam Newton.  I would hope any potential first round pick would be that confident in himself.

Kizer also has to remember that no one should expect him to come in right away and be the next Cam Newton or Tom Brady.

If Kizer is available in the second round and the Texans still need a quarterback, they would be smart to snatch him up.