After initially comparing himself to a combination of Tom Brady and Cam Newton, the second-round pick clarified Saturday that was just his goal.
"I was talking about where I wanted to aspire to be," he said, per Pat McManamon of ESPN. "A guy like Tom Brady, who is a guy who has won quite a few championships...that came from his preparation and his understanding of his offense and the defense that he's playing against. Cam Newton is a guy who has an extreme amount of athletic ability, and that is a guy that I aspire to be."
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Kizer was considered a potential first-round pick thanks to his upside as a strong passer with good athleticism. However, it was his remarks earlier in the week that really turned heads.
"Imagine taking (Tom) Brady's intellect and Brady's preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton's body," the Notre Dame product said, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today. "Why can't I be the greatest?"
Gil Brandt of NFL.com believes in this ability:
Kizer ended up falling to the Browns at No. 52 overall as the fourth quarterback taken in the draft. Per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com (h/t Kevin Patra of NFL.com), head coach Hue Jackson already stated he will have a chance to compete for a starting job in 2017.