Player News

Date:

Chargers selected Notre Dame DL Isaac Rochell with the No. 225 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

This is a solid selection in the seventh-round. Rochell has plenty of experience in an odd man front and attended the Senior Bowl. Over the last three seasons he was on the field over 83 percent of the time and tested in the 51st percentile. Expect Rochell to act as depth.
Apr 29 - 5:55 PM

Browns selected Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kizer (6’4/233) turned pro as a junior after making 23 starts for the Irish, going 12-11 and completing just 60.7% of his throws with an 8.4 YPA and 47:19 TD-to-INT ratio. A dangerous scrambler, Kizer added 18 rushing TDs. Although he looks like Daunte Culpepper with a big body, power arm, and supreme poise in the pocket amid chaos, Kizer struggled to keep his job over Malik Zaire in the second half of last season, got benched against Stanford, seemingly lost confidence, and often fails to process information quickly on tape. Kizer’s touch and ball placement are additional concerns. While Kizer checks some boxes as a potential franchise quarterback, he's a major project.
Apr 28 - 8:57 PM

The Buccaneers, Chargers and Jets have all spoken to the Packers about acquiring the No. 33 overall pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Chargers and Jets may be eyeing either Davis Webb or DeShone Kizer, while the Buccaneers may be looking to swoop in an stop the slide of local FSU RB Dalvin Cook, who they've been linked to throughout the process. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Friday morning that the Packers will consider Kizer if they stay at No. 33.
Apr 28 - 6:27 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer is "in play" for the Packers at No. 33.

The Packers traded out of the first round on Day 1, shipping their No. 29 pick to the Browns (who selected Miami TE David Njoku). They will be picking at the top of the second round come the start of Day 2 on Friday night. According to Rapoport, Green Bay is "getting calls" regarding that No. 33 pick and could potentially move back again, but should they decide to stay put, Kizer looks to be a possible developmental quarterback option who would have the luxury of learning on the bench behind Aaron Rodgers.
Apr 28 - 12:28 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer writes that he "see[s] little chance Bears would take DeShone Kizer, even at No. 36."

"Some raise big questions about how he'll invest in the process," Wiederer writes. Nobody denies Kizer's arm talent, but his draft process has been a rocky one due to questions about mindset and attitude. While the Bears might be an unlikely suitor for the star-crossed Notre Dame gunslinger, earlier on Thursday, USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported that the Cardinals had done plenty of due diligence on Kizer. The Cards hold picks No. 13 (first round) and No. 45 (second round). It would be a surprise if Kizer went off the board at No. 13, but No. 45 is certainly in play as a (potentially problematic) heir-apparent to Carson Palmer.
Apr 27 - 5:25 PM

The Cardinals have done a "lot of work" on Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer, according to USA Today's Tom Pelissero.

Arizona has been linked to both Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson at No. 13. If they decided to address a different position in Round 1, Kizer would make a lot of sense in Round 2.
Apr 27 - 3:07 PM

Transferring Notre Dame graduate QB Malik Zaire will decide on his new school after he graduates in May.

Notre Dame graduations are set to run from May 19-21. Sounds like Zaire will be announcing shortly thereafter. He is considering Texas, Wisconsin and Florida. Also Harvard. There has reportedly been mutual interest between Florida and Zaire (no surprise there given that team's occasionally non-existent offense), though such a move would require a rule change by the SEC, as Florida is not currently allowed to accept graduate transfers due to the academic failures of former transfers Mason Halter and Anthony Harrell in 2015. The Gators were subsequently hit with a three-year graduate transfer ban. That ruling could potentially be changed in late May.
Source: Rivals
Apr 25 - 5:05 PM

The Steelers are interested in Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer as a possible heir to Ben Roethlisberger, according to Walter Football.

Charlie Campbell reports that Pittsburgh has been calling around the league attempting to gauge where Kizer might land. Since hearing from a source about Pittsburgh's interest in Kizer a few weeks ago, Campbell has slotted the Fighting Irish signal-caller to Pittsburgh in Round 1 of his mock draft. Pittsburgh has "tried to be discrete" in vetting Kizer, sending only OC Todd Haley to the Notre Dame pro day as opposed to an eye-catching delegation of execs, the GM, or the head coach. We'd be surprised if Kizer goes in Round 1, but Pittsburgh has been rumored to be in the Big Ben-heir market, so take not of their potential interest in Kizer, a prospect of similar stature and arm talent.
Apr 25 - 3:31 PM

Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer called the Irish's 4-8 2017 season "probably my biggest advantage."

While doing an interview with Good Morning Football, Kizer said, "If you're gonna take a guy in the first round and you're gonna call him a franchise guy, you'd have to be able to go into a situation that necessarily isn't the best for you." He went on to explain that comparing the lost campaign to his work during a 10-win 2015 season helped to "determine the different things that go into winning-- the leadership things, the culture things, how do I approach my teammates." Kizer has been among the more vocal quarterbacks in the draft class, proclaiming last week that he could develop into the greatest quarterback to ever play. Despite the bravado, he has gradually been pushed to the fringes of the Day 1 conversation.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 1:04 PM

In a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel poll of 16 NFL evaluators, Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer was named the most likely quarterback to bust among the class' top-five signal-callers.

Kizer received nine votes. Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes finished a distant No. 2 with two votes, while UNC's Mitch Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson received one apiece. Two of the executives copped out and said all five -- Cal's Davis Webb being the fifth -- were equally risky. "He’s not as good as he should be because he’s not committed to the game," one AFC executive said of Kizer. "He’s committed to building a brand. He wants all the things that come with being a starting quarterback but doesn’t want to put in the work." An NFC personnel man agreed, saying Kizer is most interested in status and money. "That’s what drives him," said the executive. "It’s all about him. Prima donna. Thin-skinned." Chad Reuter's most recent mock draft has Kizer slipping to Round 3.
Apr 23 - 2:27 PM

Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer believes that he has the ability to become the greatest quarterback of all time.

Explain yourself, Mr. Kizer. Said the Day 1 hopeful, "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." The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder then doubled-down on his self-hyperbole by saying, "Imagine taking Brady's intellect and Brady's preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton's body." Kizer has been thrashed about in some corners during the draft process, but if nothing else, it would appear that his confidence has not waned. But about that thrashing -- Sporting News' analyst Eric Galko hears that concerns about Kizer's mental makeup (among other factors) could cause him to slide into late second-round territory.
Source: USA Today
Apr 20 - 5:41 PM

Giants GM Jerry Reese says he's "probably looked at more quarterbacks" this year than in others.

It's a telling quote that speaks to the Giants' interest in adding an heir apparent to Eli Manning. The 36-year-old Manning regressed last season and may be nearing the end. Assuming the Giants don't invest the No. 23 overall pick in a quarterback, they'll be very much in play to add a signal-caller on Day 2. Names to keep an eye on include Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, Cal's Davis Webb, Pitt's Nathan Peterman, and Tennessee's Josh Dobbs.
Apr 20 - 3:40 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko writes that he "firmly expect[s]" Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer to slip on draft day.

"Mental makeup and lackluster reviews from Notre Dame personnel, along with lackluster fourth quarter play, are key reasons why he could slip to the late second round," Galko explains. The Bears are one team which has spent extensive time with Kizer during the process, having already met with him three times. Most recently, he worked out for them during their local prospect day last week. Should Kizer slide to the second round, as Galko expects, Chicago (holding the 36th pick) is one team that could conceivably halt his drop.
Apr 17 - 3:49 PM

Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer worked out for the Bears at their local prospect day.

This is essentially a bonus look for the Bears, who previously designated Notre Dame, Illinois and Northern Illinois as their three "local" schools outside of their immediate area. That means that Irish prospects like Kizer can work out for Chicago at their local prospect day without eating into the Bears' allotment of 30 official pre-Draft visits. Thursday marked Kizer’s third meeting with the Bears. The Chicago Sun Times reported that the signing of Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract and the signing of Mark Sanchez to be his backup won't preclude the Bears from picking a quarterback later this month. Kizer would make sense from a developmental standpoint if he drops into Day 2. Kizer has also worked out for the Bills, Jets, Browns and Chargers.
Apr 14 - 2:46 PM

An NFC director of scouting admitted that his team has red-flagged Notre Dame DL Jarron Jones as a character risk.

"He's a character flag for us," he said. "He's talented but I just don't think he loves the game enough for me to back him in our room. Who doesn't love those long arms? We all do, but I think he's lazy and will head south as soon as he has more time and money on his hands." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein called Jones a " true boom-or-bust prospect" and likened him to Jordan Phillips. "Elite size, length and athleticism make Jones an intriguing early round prospect, but history of injuries and concerns over his football character could cause him to fall somewhat," Zierlein wrote. "Jones' flashes will be tempting, but his lack of production and even snap count should be an immediate red flag along with the 'proceed with caution' whispers coming from inside the program. If he can find consistent motivation, Jones could become a very good NFL starter in any defensive scheme."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 1:05 PM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Short: Waiver Wire

    Short: Waiver Wire
  •  
    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings

    Jesse: MLB Power Rankings
  •  
    Short: Saves & Steals

    Short: Saves & Steals
  •  
    Norris: NFL Mock, Picks 1-10

    Norris: NFL Mock, Picks 1-10
  •  
    Norris: NFL Mock, Picks 11-20

    Norris: NFL Mock, Picks 11-20
  •  
    Norris: NFL Mock, Picks 21-32

    Norris: NFL Mock, Picks 21-32
  •  
    Norris: Saints Team Needs

    Norris: Saints Team Needs
  •  
    Norris: Bucs Team Needs

    Norris: Bucs Team Needs