Leading up to the NFL Draft many teams will continue their evaluation process on prospects while altering their draft boards in preparation for Draft day. CPGM will provide you a breakdown of two prospects matched against each other with similar draft projections to get you prepped for this year’s draft. Voting option below for your input on who you think the better prospect is.
The Matchup: In one corner we have the 6’4 230 pound red shirt sophomore with 19 career starts hailing from Notre Dame, DeShone Kizer. And in the other corner the 6’2 220 pound red shirt junior with 13 career stars from North Carolina, Mitchell Trubisky. The first thing that jumps out for both quarterbacks is their number of career starts at the collegiate level. Both have limited starting experience totaling 32 career starts between them. To put that number in perspective, last year’s number 1 pick in the NFL draft Jared Goff had 37 career starts by himself. Neither guy looks ready to step in immediately and have success early in their respective NFL careers. However, it will be interesting to see which team drafts these inexperienced quarterbacks to see which head coach and offensive coordinator they will have to work with. Last year’s Top 2 quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz had much different circumstances and we see how that turned out for each of them. In a weak quarterback class, Trubisky and Kizer will be some of the first prospects at any position to get their names called in the draft.
CPGM Headley’s Take: The biggest difference in these quarterbacks is the velocity at which the ball is thrown when it is released out of Kizer’s hands. Kizer is my number 1 quarterback and is the only quarterback I see that delivers from the pocket, with plus arm talent, at a consistent rate. There are things that Kizer needs to clean up at the next level with his mechanics and getting the ball quickly out of his hands; however, he is far and away the best QB prospect in the 2017 draft in my estimation. I worry about the system Trubisky played in at the University of North Carolina. The system was extremely passer friendly with very few progressions to work through. It was easy pitch and catch all day for Trubisky. I liken Trubisky to an Alex Smith type quarterback who under the right tutelage can dink and dunk you down the field. Trubisky looks to be a “game manager” at the next level.
CPGM Drew’s Take: Both these QB prospects needed to stay in school, but here we are and they are what they are at this point. My number top QB remains Trubisky although between him and Kizer he’s played the least amount (13) but when I watch him on film I see a player who has control of the offense and what he is being asked to do. Trubisky is also willing to step up in the pocket and take a shot or two; he has the athleticism to move about in the pocket to buy time or escape the pocket altogether and get what is to be had with his feet. As for Kizer, I don’t doubt his tools. In fact I think if he was to ever put it altogether he is the best QB prospect in this draft. But I question what is going on between the ears on and off the field. Decision making at times is questionable earning the label within the the scouting community as inconsistent. I’d like to know why he wasn’t the starter throughout the season last year?
NFL Comparison: DeShone Kizer – Jameis Winston; Mitchell Trubisky – Alex Smith