Make no mistake about it, DeShone Kizer is the best quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The 2017 NFL Draft is a little different than ones we’ve seen in recent years. There really isn’t any one standout talent at the quarterback position. There are at least three players who could all be the best. But here is the case for a kid from Notre Dame named DeShone Kizer.
Hands down Kizer has the strongest arm of all quarterbacks in this year’s draft. It’s almost as if he has a literal cannon attached to his shoulder. But besides just arm strength, he has laser precision on that cannon. He’s able to thread the needle and get the ball to his receivers even in tight coverage.
The only real “downside” with Kizer, when compared to other quarterbacks in this year’s draft, is his mobility. He can’t do much in the way of making plays with his legs outside the pocket. But even though he can’t do that his movement in the pocket is phenomenal.
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Kizer knows where his blockers are without looking around. He knows exactly where to stay so his blockers know where he’s at and can do their job. Simply put, he makes the job of his offensive linemen easier and makes them look even better.
Physicality is another category where Kizer really measures up well. He’s tall (6’5″) and he’s big (220lbs). He can take a hit if he has to and he has the size needed to stand up to NFL caliber defenders.
The last category to take into consideration is his mentality. Kizer has the ability to read defenses like an open book. He has the mental toughness to stand in the pocket and remain calm even under pressure. Obviously, the step from college football to the pro scene is more of a leap than a step. But Kizer shouldn’t have any issues making that leap. If a team drafting Kizer can give him some time to observe the game and not have an immediate trial by fire, they will get one of the best players in this year’s draft.