DeShone Kizer Says He Can Be Best-Ever QB, Likens Self to Tom Brady, Cam Newton

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2017

Notre Dame quarterback Deshone Kizer runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Quarterback DeShone Kizer will learn his fate next week during the 2017 NFL draft, but the Notre Dame star is not shy about discussing how great he thinks he can be at the professional level.

Speaking to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Kizer believes his combination of physical and mental attributes gives him all the necessary ingredients to be the greatest quarterback in NFL history:

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.

In a volatile quarterback draft class this year, Kizer is one of the most debated potential first-round prospects. 

B/R's Matt Miller has Kizer ranked as the No. 4 quarterback in the 2017 class, highlighting his strong arm and occasional flashes of accuracy but criticizing his lack of "experience working to his second and third reads consistently."

Miller also had Kizer going No. 45 overall to the Arizona Cardinals in his most recent mock draft.

Great quarterbacks have been found outside the first round before. Brady is the most famous sixth-round pick in NFL history. The Dallas Cowboys struck gold with Dak Prescott in the fourth round last year. 

Kizer's confidence and belief in his ability will serve him well coming to the NFL as he learns the speed and intricacies of the game.

      

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