The recent perception is that DeShone Kizer's draft stock has slipped to either the fourth- or fifth-best quarterback in this draft class, depending on one's evaluation of Davis Webb. So his comments to USA Today this week caused a bit of a stir:
"No one else can do what I can do. 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."
While that quote created flashy headlines, there's some interesting introspection from Kizer in the article that pushes back two of the biggest negatives about his game.
But with regard to Kizer's comment, it's fitting with his personality. Even through the weekly misery of Notre Dame's 2016 season, Kizer took responsibility for those eight losses but remained confident he and the Irish could improve. In media sessions, he always came across as supremely confident -- and was confident enough to be hard on himself after games that weren't up to his standards. So that he said this isn't too surprising, and probably wasn't to any NFL team that did its due diligence on him.
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Rotoworld's Josh Norris, too, explained why he loved Kizer's confident quote in the USA Today story:
From today's DP Show: Why I love DeShone Kizer's recent comments.— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 21, 2017
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