Some NFL scouts prefer Kizer over Watson
|2016-09-15 09:45:35.0- -||
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein reported on Wednesday that some scouts seem to prefer Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer over 2015 Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson through the early stages of the 2016 season.
"Two scouts told us in the weeks since the season began that they believe Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer should be ranked ahead of Clemson's Deshaun Watson as the top quarterback in college football," Zierlein said.
“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," Zierlein said. "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 passed for 371 yards with seven touchdowns and only one interception in games with Texas and Nevada. In comparison, Watson has completed 46 out of 87 attempts for 540 yards with four interceptions and three interceptions in wins over Auburn and Troy.
In other Clemson scouting news, an NFC scouting director had a very positive review of Clemson running back Wayne "Train" Gallman.
"Clemson RB Wayne Gallman is one of the most underrated players in the country. He can do a little of everything. Runs extremely hard and can play on all three downs," NFC scout said.
The 2017 NFL Draft will start on April 27.
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