Going into the 2017 NFL Draft the Chicago Bears have a ton of needs they can address. The team needs help in the secondary, offensive line, and at wide receiver and tight end among others.
But perhaps the most glaring need for the Chicago Bears is Quarterback.
The team has had a dumpster fire of a carousel at the quarterback position. Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, Connor Shaw and Matt Barkley have all played atleast one game at the position.
While all have shined at times, all four have proven that they aren’t the future at the position for the Bears.
Chicago will likely have a top five pick in the upcoming draft meaning that they will get one of the top players in this years class. While 2017 is full of defensive difference makers, Ryan Pace and company may feel its time to take a franchise changing move by drafting their quarterback of the future.
Who that quarterback is yet to be seen, but one of the top potential options has just made himself available.
DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.
He thanked Notre Dame in a heartwarming Twitter post, announcing his plans.
— DeShone Kizer (@DKizer_14) December 12, 2016
Kizer played two years at Notre Dame, appearing in 25 games. He completed 422 passes for 5, 805 yards and 47 touchdowns to just 19 interceptions. Kizer also rushed 264 times for 997 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Kizer has the prototypical build of an NFL quarterback. He has the height to stand tall in the pocket (6-foot-4, per school measurements), and possesses the muscular definition and thickness of frame that scouts covet. Kizer excelled in three sports in high school and has the poise and confidence of a player used to succeeding and performing at a high level.
Kizer has more than enough arm strength and is able to attack all three levels of the field. He throws with decent touch and is unafraid to challenge safeties with intermediate and deep throws. Kizer operates seamlessly between pocket passer and zone-read quarterback. He’s able to run with conviction when asked.
The site also compared him to Steve McNair, the former MVP who threw for 31, 304 yards with 174 touchdowns to 119 interceptions as well as ran for 3, 590 yards and 37 touchdowns.
Kizer has shown brilliance at times while looking like a developmental player at others. If the Bears drafted him, they would need a strong Offensive Coordinator in place to make sure he fit his system and played to the best of his abilities.
Kizer is an intriguing prospect due to his dual threat ability. While Cutler ran at times, he wasn’t known for his feet. If Chicago added Kizer he would add another wrinkle to the offense with his run game.
Bowl games haven’t taken place yet, the draft process is still months away. But now that he is declared, the Chicago Bears are going to take a long look at former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer.
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