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The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports that the Bears will hold a private workout for Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer "likely late next week."

Finally freed from the dark adventure that was Jay Cutler, the Bears look like they might not be completely out on athletically-talented quarterbacks who make questionable decisions. One AFC vice president of personnel said at the beginning of the month that he is "scared to death" of Kizer, while CBS Sports' Rob Rang called his pro day inaccuracy "frightening." These may read like a set of blurbs for a Stephen King horror novel, but the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder remains a probable Day 1 selection. He has the physical tools to play at the next level and in terms of draft stock, is helped by the fact that there are real questions about all of the top quarterbacks in this class.
Mar 23 - 5:42 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer posted a passer rating of 154.7 when using play action in 2016.

That play-action passer rating of 154.7 was tops in the country. Shiny. However, that mark takes a terrifying drop to 85.5 -- 62nd in the country -- when Kizer was not involved in play action. Legitimate questions as to his pro-readiness have emerged during the draft process, including those of accuracy on the outside and mental makeup. One scout compared him to Jay Cutler because Kizer "doesn't win" and another said that while the physical tools are all present, his issues are "between the ears more than anything." For their part, the Pro Football Focus analyst team writes that the "natural instincts for the position and pure arm talent are there" if he can land in the right system, with the right coach.
Mar 21 - 8:11 PM

NFL Films producer Greg Cosell questions if Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer has slow eyes while deciphering the defense.

Cosell notes Kizer has all of the traits evaluators look for and played with poise and composure, but the inconsistencies stood out. Rotoworld's Josh Norris and Matt Waldman of the RSP discussed Kizer's "slow eyes" in a recent podcast, noting he is a tick late on a number of decisions when working off his primary read. That plus inaccuracy on outside throws that should be made at the pro level should incite pause for an NFL evaluator.
Mar 20 - 10:44 AM

Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer was compared by an NFL scout to Jay Cutler because "he doesn’t win."

Kizer doesn't deserve all of the blame for last year's nightmare season at Notre Dame, but some scouts are heaping it on him anyway. "He should have gone back. I think it’s all there," a different scout said. "He’s gifted. But that team won five games this year. They have talent." Kizer is a two-year starter who had a career passer rating of 98.6. "He cranks the ball through the tight windows," said a third scout. "Big dude. He’ll stand tall in the pocket. It’s between his ears more than anything … and when he’s under pressure he doesn’t move in the pocket as well as you would like." Added a fourth scout: "The guy got benched. He had a lot of bad games. Doesn’t win. He’s a mess."
Mar 14 - 12:47 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer's "inaccuracy during [Combine throwing] drills was frightening."

Per Rang, Kizer "looked like he had never taken a five- or seven-step drop before." That shone in stark contrast to the work of some of the other big-name quarterbacks in Indianapolis, as both Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky showed off well in those same tests. Rang passes along that "[s]ome longtime NFL evaluators after the workout asked me point blank, 'What has he been working on all this time?'" Prior to the Combine, NFL Media's Mike Mayock tagged the Notre Dame product as his No. 1 quarterback in the class, but he did not help himself, at all, during Combine work.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 7 - 6:44 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Wimbush will receive 60% of the first-team reps in spring practice.

Sophomore gunslinger Ian Book will receive the other 40% when it comes to first-team work. Wimbush is widely expected to take over as starter for NFLer-to-be DeShone Kizer by the time the 2017 season boots up. Rivals ranked him as their No. 2 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the 2015 cycle.
Mar 7 - 5:04 PM

An AFC vice president of player personnel says he's "scared to death" of Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer.

"I see the athleticism and arm talent, but I wonder if he can take hard coaching. Things went downhill in a hurry at Notre Dame," he said. "I need to find out why." An AFC college scouting director quoted in the NFL Media piece was more complimentary: "I like the kid. I think you have to go back and look at the 2015 tape to fully appreciate him. He can make all of the throws and he's athletic. Plus, he has won some big games during his time there. I know it got a little sideways for him (in 2016), but he can play. I believe he is one of the top three in this class." NFL Media's Bucky Brooks dropped the lofty comparison of Cam Newton on Kizer. "I know the comparison will raise eyebrows based on the former NFL MVP's remarkable talents, but Kizer is a big, athletic passer with comparable arm talent and movement skills," he wrote. Brooks cites the Cardinals, Chiefs, Giants and Bears as ideal destinations for Kizer's skill set.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 4:18 PM

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said that Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer "blew the doors off" his interview.

Kizer had himself a rocky final season in South Bend -- he was benched for a very brief time in one game -- but strong interviews could erase any concerns about potential mindset issues. NFL Network's Mike Mayock -- who lists Kizer as his No. 1 quarterback prospect in the class -- has comped the gunslinger to Phillip Rivers. In a fluid quarterback class, Kizer could be drafted as high as No. 2 overall -- or could slide out of the first round altogether. We don't view the latter possibility as particularly realistic, but it is not out of play.
Mar 2 - 1:46 PM

Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer measured in at the NFL Combine at 6-foot-4 1/4-inch and 233 pounds.

His hands are 9 7/8-inchs, according to Louis Riddick. There will be no size concerns during Kizer's evaluation process. We also expect him to test like a mobile athlete, as he produced multiple 20-plus yard runs during his time at Notre Dame. We are interested in what kind of trajectory Kizer's "stock" exits the Combine.
Mar 2 - 8:21 AM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock compares Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer to Philip Rivers.

"I think he has the most upside (in the QB draft class), the highest ceiling. But he is 12-11 as a starter at Notre Dame. He played a lot of bad football with the game on the line in the fourth quarter this year. That is not acceptable," Mayock said. "But he is 6-foot-5, 235. He has that kind of prototypical franchise quarterback look, a Philip Rivers type ... if he gets everything right." Like Rivers, Kizer could also use some time to marinate on the bench while developing. Rivers threw only 30 passes in his first two NFL seasons. Kizer will be at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this week.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 2:39 PM

Fox Sports' Peter Schrager believes the 49ers go the QB "route" with the No. 2 pick.

Schrager projects DeShone Kizer for the pick, but the position rather than the player is what matters here. Schrager says Brian Hoyer or Matt Schaub could be brought in "to keep the seat warm." Our own Josh Norris has ranked Kizer as the No. 1 quarterback in the draft for some time, but we are surprised by how many share that sentiment: Schrager, Daniel Jeremiah and Mike Mayock, to name a few.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 27 - 11:00 AM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said the team is open to any position in the first round except for quarterback.

"We’ll go for the best player," Lewis said. "And we’ll get a really good player and hopefully the guy will have a strong, healthy career." Overall, it is not a surprise that the Bengals will bypass quarterback in the first round, but the mindset of being complacent at the position is interesting. Andy Dalton is not among the top players at his spot, and his contract is very team friendly. If the Bengals wanted to pursue a better option, although that is easier said than done, Dalton's contract is easy to move on from. But the Bengals remain certain Dalton is their guy.
Source: Bengals.com
Feb 27 - 9:46 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah told Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports that "11 of the 17 [interceptions thrown by Clemson QB Deshaun Watson in 2016] were what I deemed poor reads where he’s forcing the football and it was a decision-based mistake."

Speaking on Feldman's podcast, The Audible, Jeremiah said, "That to me is troubling, especially in that type of system. Coming out of a similar type of system, you can look at Marcus Mariota who only had four interceptions. Dak Prescott only threw five picks. Deshaun Watson had 17. That’s an issue for me." Jeremiah tells Feldman that he does not view Watson as a Top-10 pick at this juncture. One slight bit of context on the interception comps from DJ -- comparing their final collegiate seasons, Watson threw 134 more passes than Mariota and 102 more than Prescott.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 26 - 12:50 PM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton writes that Notre Dame four-star 2018 WR Micah Jones possesses "impressive fluidity for his size."

Jones measures out at a strong 6-foot-5, 196 pounds. "Difficult high-point, contested catches in traffic are made with consistency with the ability to take and play through contact," Hamilton writes. While Jones lacks an elite top-end speed component, the analyst refers to him as a "true red zone mismatch." Over at Rivals, Jones lands on their 2018 master list at No. 158 overall.
Feb 24 - 8:30 PM

247Sports' Evan Sharpley notes that Notre Dame freshman T Josh Lugg "demonstrates ample athleticism to play multiple positions on the line of scrimmage."

Sharpley observed a noticeable improvement from Lugg in his senior season at North Allegheny Sr. High (Pennsylvania), writing that the 6-foot-7, 293-pounder "[p]layed with extreme confidence" this past season. The analyst would like to see Lugg improve on his pad level and first step now that he is transitioning over to collegiate play. As he played in a run-heavy offense in high school, he still has work to do in improving his pass protection. Lugg's frame is ideal for packing on a bit more playing weight without losing any of his athleticism.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 23 - 4:35 PM


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