School: Notre Dame.
Measurables: 6-foot-4, 233 pounds.
Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.83 seconds. Vertical jump: 30.5 inches. Broad jump: 8 feet, 11 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.40 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds.
Career stats: 25 games, 423 for 696 (60.9 completion percentage), 5,809 yards, 47 TDs, 19 INTs.
Draft projection: First round.
1. He has played in an NFL-style offense. Unlike other quarterback prospects who have worked from spread attacks so common in the college game, Kizer has worked in a scheme that presumably will allow him to make a quick transition to the next level. Notre Dame's offense called for him to make pre-snap checks and progression reads, while also allowing him to change plays and protections at the line of scrimmage. Additionally, Kizer worked with receivers who ran an NFL-type route tree and were required to make sight adjustments.
2. He has an exceptionally strong arm. Kizer is an outstanding downfield thrower, but the deep ball isn't the extent of his repertoire. He also has good touch and accuracy. Although he does a nice job of going through his reads, he gets rid of the ball quickly. Kizer has good ball placement and excels at fitting the ball through tight spaces, which is particularly important in the NFL, where the windows tend to be much smaller.
3. He moves extremely well for his size. Kizer is nimble enough on his feet to slide and shuffle in the pocket to extend plays. He has great open-field quickness that allows him to run away from defenders and make big plays. But when moving behind the line, Kizer consistently maintains poise and constantly keeps his eyes downfield. He has had 18 rushing touchdowns in the last two seasons.
Fun fact: Kizer has had at least one interception in 15 of 23 starts.
They said it: "He’s what today’s NFL wants in a quarterback – a franchise type quarterback – the size, all of his physical traits match up. He’s got a big arm, he’s athletic enough, he’s a pocket thrower, he’s a smart kid. He could be a leader of a franchise, a face of a franchise. … Now, I think there’s some inconsistencies in his game. You see it on game tape. You watch him for three quarters and he makes a bunch of great throws. And then, all of a sudden, a couple of bad ones." –NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.
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