NFL Draft 2017: Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer Too Confident, Could Cause Him in the Long Run

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 04/21/17 02:05PM EDT
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Quarterback prospect DeShone Kizer is oozing with confidence ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft. He even compared himself to Tom Brady and Cam Newton. (Photo : Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

In the world of sports, confidence is crucial to an athlete's success. Notre Dame's DeShon Kizer has plenty of it and that was evident through his recent interview. However, this may have negative effects on his career in the long run, especially after he compared himself to Tom Brady and Cam Newton. 

This year's group of quarterback prospects has talent, but analysts believe no one is truly ready to start for an NFL team. Despite this, there are still some who emergecd from the pack and Kizer is one of them. He joins the likes of Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, and Patrick Mahomes II. 

The names mentioned might be selected before Kizer, but he believes he is different from all of them. Speaking to USA Today Sports, the former starter for the Fighting Irish said "no one" is similar to him when it comes to game planning and preparation. The 21-year-old also thinks his attributes like size, speed, and throwing set him apart. 

"No one else can do what I can do. And I've truly figured out in this (draft) process, if I can maximize all my potential in every aspect of the game - this is bold - I do have the ability to be the greatest quarterback to ever play. Imagine taking (Tom) Brady's intellect and Brady's preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton's body," Kizer stated. 

Kizer added that the only thing stopping him from being the greatest is himself. This serves as his motivation as he enters the NFL. 

Confidence from a young talent is good and is something teams are likely looking for, although Kizer's was different. According to FanRag Sports, these comments bring "a heaping load of pressure" that no rookie needs. The comparisons he made will be with him for his entire career. It was also mentioned that now when he plays and commits mistakes, "people are going to go back" to the quotes he said when he likened himself to Brady and Newton. 



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