The 2017 NFL Draft is shaping up to having one of the best classes in years and there are two names at the top of the board that will make a big impact next April. Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson are two of the best, but scouts seem to prefer the former over the 2015 Heisman finalist.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein reported on Wednesday that scouts currently seem to prefer Kizer over Watson. He reported two scouts told the site they believe the Irish quarterback should be ranked over the Clemson leader.
“I spent time watching Watson tape this summer and saw him live in the Orange Bowl last season, so I’m very familiar with his strengths and weaknesses. Watson needs to improve his accuracy, and he is off to a less-than-super start this season. However, we’ve seen him step up and play well in big games, including last season’s national championship game. Kizer has the size, arm strength and passing acumen that NFL teams look for and he was sensational when I saw him play in Week 1 against Texas, so it’s not surprising that scouts are high on him. Watson has a little more on his resume than Kizer at this point and we haven’t seen Watson’s best football yet this season. I’m still a fan of Watson’s potential and ability, but I’m also impressed with Kizer’s consistency and acumen from the pocket.”
Kizer has been on fire this year as he has thrown for 371 yards and seven touchdowns with just one interception. It certainly looks like he is worthy of making a big impact in the NFL next year.