Category: Film Studies

DeShone Kizer Still Needs A Lot Of Work

DeShone Kizer is considered by many to be a top three quarterback in this upcoming draft, and while I may or may not disagree with that he stills needs a lot of work. Stats aren’t the only thing to look for when seeing if a player is an NFL talent, especially for quarterbacks. For the sake of this article, though, we will compare Kizer to some others via stats first. 

By The Numbers

2016-2017 Stats For Top QB’s

Substance: Now it’s clear, Kizer is competing with Deshaun Watson for the worst statistical quarterback here, that isn’t hard to tell. It is also fair to say that Notre Dame played the worst schedule out of all these QB’s when it comes to playing more NFL talent. He also possibly had the best talent around him here behind Watson. So just after a few basic stats, Kizer is already behind the pack.

Taking A Look At The Film

Kizer should very clearly see the free linebacker coming on the stunt, but he takes a moment and steps up — instead of hitting the check down he looks downfield and takes a sack. This isn’t the only time he does this either.


Kizer has a man WIDE OPEN in the seam but struggles to put good touch on it, in which the ball is almost out of reach. A great recovery from his target saved them from an incompletion.


The above clip shows that even at 6-5, Kizer struggles to get the ball up. He beams the ball right at the crashing defender’s chest. And in other examples, there are instances in which wide open slants end up at the target’s legs even though Kizer has a clean pocket.

Wide open tight end, Kizer sails it. Even though the target fully extended his body and was diving, his target still barely gets a finger on it. Another instance where his touch is lacking.


This time Kizer doesn’t throw it too low, rather this time it’s too high. The ball rises/sails on him, and the target is forced to make a really nice grab to avoid a possible turnover. Once again, he struggles with the touch aspect of the throw which is key when hitting receivers in stride to pick up additional yards after the catch.


This time DeShone fails to lead the target. The receiver is wide open and it could possibly be a TD if he is hit in stride. Instead of the latter, Kizer throws a flat bullet where the wide out has to stop his movement to make the grab behind him, and as a result gets a minimal gain.


This is just one of those, what did he see here? I understand it is much easier to be a “Film QB” then actually sit in the pocket and make reads like some quarterbacks say, but this is clearly covered. The safety is crashing down to lay the target out — which he does brutally — and the corner also is in man and rides the wideout throughout the whole route then jumps the pass.


No idea where this ball was going besides maybe to a trainer. Wide open crossing route set up via nice play design and roll out, however, Kizer flat out misses it. Can’t botch these simple throws at the next level, especially when the wideout is free in that kind of space.

We might have to end this right here, this might be the worst throw from any of the QB’s I’ve watched so far. This throw is bad, I just can’t really even explain it. He abandons his footwork and mechanics as he’s in a hurry to release the ball with the pressure coming. He fails to recognize the safety rolling over, thus is easily picked off. I have no idea why Kizer thought this was a good idea, but on 4th-and-7, he may have been desperate to make a play at this juncture.

Verdict

DeShone Kizer isn’t by any means bad, I just don’t think he deserves to be the #1 or #2 QB prospect in the upcoming draft, like at all. This was not to degrade his skill set, but to show you where Kizer is in his development, in my opinion. DeShone has great size, and natural ability as well as being a very smart kid, but hoping that it translates to where he was worth a high first-round pick is a gamble.

Then again what QB isn’t actually a gamble? I’d probably have DeShone Kizer as the worst between the big four (Watson, Mitch, and Mahomes). With that said, there is undoubtedly a head coach somewhere in the league who feels he can mold Kizer into what he envisions his offense’s leader to be.

Film Room: Brad Kaaya

From being a projected first round pick to now a possible day three to a undrafted guy, Brad Kaaya has surged down many people’s boards. Let’s take a look at some of his film to see what he does right and wrong.

Near The Sidelines

Despite the first clip being an interception, Brad Kaaya’s only positive aspect of his throwing game is probably the rate on which he completes sideline throws. In the games I saw and analyzed, more often than not he put the ball on sideline routes where only his receiver could get it. The above clip shows Kaaya trying to do a little too much to open the game. The wide receiver gets a good break out of his route, but he and Kaaya seem to be on a different page. Brad anticipates a short route, the wideout runs a deeper one. Easy jump and read for the defensive back.

This next clip is one of the times Kaaya hits the route with good confidence and skill. Freshman Ahmon Richards runs a precise route, creates great space, and it is a rather simple throw, but Kaaya hits it with ease, something he doesn’t do often.

Another fantastic sideline throw. It appears to be an out-route and Kaaya puts it only where Dayall Harris can get it. Another thing to note is that Kaaya does suffer from a lot of drops, so there are also many instances where makes a quality throw, but the ball is dropped. This, however, was a good throw and catch from both parties.

Now let’s look at the clip below. Kaaya puts just enough spin on the ball and puts it in the bread basket of Stacy Coley. Really quick, though, can we take a look at the move? Whew. I have no idea what Kaaya’s baseball history is, but he definitely has good spin or curve on out-routes. Like stated before, this is the only pass he is consistently accurate at.

His Touch Is Actually Nonexistent 

I actually have not seen another “draft prospect” QB with less touch than Kaaya. He consistently sails so many balls on open routes, it is kinda painful to watch. This is a great route and great job of getting open by Coley and Kaaya just sails the throw. More than enough real estate for Kaaya to make this throw, but he just doesn’t.  The “touch” throws get worse from here.

Another instance, this time an even easier throw, or what should be one. An end zone is ten yards long and the target was open about 2-3 yards before that. So that is 10-13 yards of real estate to drop the ball in his WIDE OPEN hands, and he sails it out the end zone. That is really, really bad.

 

I don’t even really have an explanation for this. Ahmon Richards is probably a 4.5 40 guy, maybe faster and is wide open against a very solid UNC defense, but Kaaya just sails it.  There’s more than enough room for Kaaya to hit Richards in stride and more than enough space to beam it to his back shoulder. Whatever one works best, but his mechanics forced the ball to go high per-usual.

Very, Very Quick Feet

The second quality aspect of his game is his that he has really quick feet. Kaaya has numerous instances where despite his horrible feel for the pocket, he uses his feet to evade pressure and makes a decent throw. This partly has something to do with the fact that Kaaya can actually run the ball as a quarterback despite not doing it often. Regardless, though, Kaaya is not easy to bring down in the pocket because how quick he moves, even if it negatively affects his throws. It’s a very rare sighting to see Brad plant his feet in one spot, which can be good or bad.

What is this?

I am not even going in to detail with these clips, you guys can do that. I have no idea what these are. 

Some Life In His Throwing Game

Even after all the above naysaying, Brad Kaaya isn’t all lost — well maybe he isn’t. He shows some signs of solid life in some throws over the middle where his arm comes to life and he is able to spin it. The throw above is an example where he trusts Njoku to take the big hit and hang on, which he does, so he spins it to a nice spot and it is an easy grab for David. Below is another quality over the middle throw. It is a little bit low, but still where the receiver can grab it and with enough speed the corner cannot jump it. Good job, Brad.

Summary

Brad Kaaya is pretty bad if we are being blunt. He does some things right and he has good traits, but after starting for three years in a power five conference, if you didn’t have any, you wouldn’t be a draft prospect. Like I said, his mobile feet and position on sideline throws are pretty solid, other than that it really is downhill. I honestly couldn’t take Brad in the first two days of the draft with any confidence he was going to make the roster. Then again, Hackenberg went in round two.