Former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer may have his inefficiencies, but apparently self confidence is not one of them. Kizer claimed to Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports that he could be the best the game has ever seen.
“No one else can do what I can do,” Kizer said. “And I’ve truly figured out in this (draft) 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. Imagine taking (Tom) Brady’s intellect and Brady’s preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton’s body. Why can’t I be the greatest? The only thing stopping me from it is me. That’s what’s driving me now.”
Kizer also explained that what sets him apart of his peers in this draft class is his preparation.
“Name a college quarterback who goes into the game-plan meetings on Monday and throws his notes at the coaches,” Kizer said. “No one else game plans the way I do. No one else prepares the way I do. No one else knows football the way I do. No one else is as big as I am. No one else is as powerful a runner as I am. Pat Mahomes might throw the ball 80 yards and I can only throw the ball 72, but I guarantee he can’t throw an out route the way I can.”
There have been a wide variety of opinions on Kizer during this draft season. Some rank him as high as second at quarterback behind Mitch Trubisky, which would likely make him a first-round pick. Others, because of questions with his accuracy and desire to play the game, have him as the fourth or fifth signal caller off the board.
In two seasons with Notre Dame, Kizer completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 5,805 yards, 47 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. Last season, other than his touchdown-to-interception ratio, his numbers dropped. He completed only 58.7 percent of his passes and averaged about 0.5 yards fewer per attempt than the previous year. Kizer also led Notre Dame to just a 4-8 record last fall.