Loving DeShone Kizer for intangibles: While We’re Waiting

What’s up everyone? Happy first Friday of 2017 to you! I am refreshed after the holiday season and I’m ready to hit the ground running in 2017. You can help us run even faster if you help support via Patreon, but that’s just a quick plug this week. I want to talk about the NFL draft and quarterbacks.

DeShone Kizer is my top QB choice…

I’m not an NFL scout or even a good amateur talent evaluator. Like most of you, I watch a lot of football and I also do some real minor scouting via YouTube as well just so I can feel like I’ve seen guys play. I’ve had a good look at game film on Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, and DeShone Kizer, and if I have to pick one of the three it’s going to be Kizer. I’m not talking about first overall. In fact, I can’t really figure how they’re going to slot in the value of all other picks in the first two rounds. I’m simply saying if I have to pick a quarterback and those three are my options, I’m choosing Kizer.

All three quarterbacks have intriguing characteristics that make me think they can bring something to an NFL roster. Deshaun Watson is my least favorite of the three. He brings a dangerous athleticism, but I have a tough time seeing him translate as well to the NFL as Trubisky or Kizer. Trubisky is especially intriguing because we’ve watched him play for so long. I actually remember him dazzling local cable audiences in the playoffs with Mentor in his high school days. He’s got a nice mix of passing ability and running ability. His college stats this season for UNC are phenomenal completing more than 68% of his passes with 30 TDs to just six interceptions. Trubisky is a very desirable candidate in many ways.

Kizer ended up catching my eye because of how bad a season Notre Dame had. Kizer shows all the physical abilities you want to see and has incredible touch throwing to spots, but he wasn’t able to show it as much as he would have liked in 2016. He threw for 26 TDs and nine interceptions, but his team only won four games. He was sacked 25 times. And yet with all this struggle I saw his interviews and he handled it all with grace and professionalism.

As we’ve learned over the years with guys like Johnny Manziel and even Derek Anderson, playing quarterback in the NFL requires an ability to be tough mentally. You have to be able to deal with adversity and leave your gasoline can at home when the drama inferno is raging around you. Tim Couch and Colt McCoy struggled with that in their own ways as well as members of the Browns. In addition to the physical measurables that show up in box scores and at the NFL combine, DeShone Kizer seems to have those interview intangibles that reduces a lot of the down-side risk, at least in my mind.

But what do I know? We’ll see if he’s even an option for the Browns at any point, presuming they don’t use the very first pick in the draft on a quarterback. If you put any credence in the MMQB Mock, the Browns will get Myles Garrett and DeShone Kizer. Let’s just say I think I could deal with that first round.

Weekly moment of soccer zen…

All about that pass game today!

Song of the week by Nirvana…

I heard “You Know You’re Right” on the radio while I was on vacation and it sent me into a spiral where I listened to that song on repeat for a whole day. When Kurt Cobain screams “Things have never been so swell, I have never failed to fail” on the way into the second chorus it’s just one of those moments in music that makes me realize why I love music. You may not like Nirvana, but this is the kind of moment that’s everything to me.