We are in full-on draft mode now that the NFL Owners Meetings are over, and we want to dive into our evaluation of the top QB’s in this year’s group of prospects. For now, that group includes Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, and DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame.
If there is one thing Watson has proven in his time with the Tigers, it’s that he’s a winner. We, like a lot of other scouts we talk to, also like his mental and physical toughness. He’s an athletic guy who is obviously a dangerous runner, and he’s a smooth thrower who has really cleaned up his mechanics. When you watch him, we really don’t see any restrictions on him as far as his ability to play in any NFL offensive scheme, and of this group, he’s the player who is best equipped to step in and play this season. We like him as a fit in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, or with the Jets.
We like Trubisky’s throwing mechanics, and if you watch his game film against Illinois and Florida State, you see a guy who can escape, can run, and is a smart runner who moves around in the pocket well. He also throws well on the run, not too unlike Andrew Luck. But he’s extremely green, and we’re worried, like everyone else, about just 13 college starts, and if you watch the bowl game against Stanford, you see that inexperience in the form of some bad INT’s. Wherever he goes, he needs to sit and learn for a year, but he has upside and could be a good fit with Hue Jackson in Cleveland, or with the Texans in Houston.
For us, Kizer could eventually end up being the #4 QB in this group. We didn’t like his interview with us, and when you hear his coach talk about “low energy” that speaks to a lack of leadership, which could make it hard to command an NFL huddle. It also showed up in college in his inability to finish games. He’s also a bit lazy with his fundamentals. With that said, he’s got all the physical traits. He’s got a big frame and a big arm, and he could molded by a guy like Bruce Arians in Arizona, where he could sit and learn behind Carson Palmer.Add to My RFN