40-Yard Dash: 4.83 (54th percentile)
Burst Score: 106.9 (35th percentile)
Agility Score: 11.93 (11th percentile)
Throw Velocity: 52 mph (20th percentile)
After redshirt sophomore, DeShone Kizer, recorded 6,808 all-purpose yards over two years at Notre Dame, he surprisingly declared for the NFL Draft. The NFL Scouting Industrial Complex has no problem with taking chances on youth at the quarterback position, Kiser’s prototypical frame and age-adjusted college production place him in the discussion with the top quarterbacks in the 2017 class.
When DeShone Kizer scorched Texas for 6 total touchdowns to begin the 2016 season, the enthusiasm surrounding his sublime potential ballooned. However, the rest of Kizer’s inconsistent season resulted in more questions. Objectively, there are worthy justifications for Kizer’s varied results. At the top of the list, the loss of C.J. Prosise and Will Fuller to the NFL put more stress on Kizer to deliver production on his own. In addition, playing a game through Hurricane Matthew, will also hurt the counting statistics, as Kizer can attest.
Most concerning was that DeShone Kizer’s athleticism underwhelmed at the NFL Scouting Combine. Kizer’s 4.83 40-yard dash was 54th-percentile, his 106.9 Burst Score was 35th-percentile, and his 11.93 Agility Score was 11th-percentile among NFL quarterbacks. Kizer’s below average workout metrics do not provide a reasonable expectation of success in the running game at the NFL level. In fact, the most comparable quarterbacks athletically to Kizer, have averaged only 162 rushing yards per year in the NFL over the past four years.
Despite lacking an elite level of college production when compared to other quarterback prospects, Kizer’s youth and projectable 6’4”, 233-pound NFL size make him a tempting, if risky, addition for quarterback hungry NFL GMs.