It took Dalvin Cook only three years to become Florida State’s all-time leading rusher. Despite one of the most stacked resumes in the 2017 NFL draft, he still fell to the 41st overall pick, likely the result of a combination of off-field troubles, durability questions, and ball-security issues.
He’d later claim those quotes were taken out of context, but that wasn’t enough to prevent him from sliding further down draft boards while players like Patrick Mahomes and Mitchell Trubisky rose.
Kizer’s pre-draft workout reputation — disappointing with flashes of potential — describes his college career as well. The Fighting Irish struggled in 2016, finishing 4-8. And while their quarterback posted a solid 26:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio, he acknowledged his culpability in Notre Dame’s spiral from bowl team to meme.
“Out of those eight losses, probably seven of them we have an opportunity to, within the fourth quarter, go down and score,” he told ESPN’s Jon Gruden. “Quite frankly, if you’re going to win those games, then the quarterback has to make those plays. So quite frankly, I just didn’t make enough plays in this past season.”
He shows flashes of talent — making big throws, understanding where to put Cheap Essendon Jerseys the ball, finding open targets — but he also gets caught trying to do too much. Kizer is a frustrating passer with the potential to be much more.
He missed one game in 2014 for what the school called “personal reasons” and missed 20 field goals over four years, while Aguayo had just nine over three years.
But the biggest concern is just the value of a kicker. There are plenty on the free-agency market and many teams find starters there. Is it worth it to use a draft pick to upgrade a position that comes into play just a handful of times during a game?
The Browns will hope that Gonzalez beats Cody Parkey for the Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China job and makes an impact that makes his selection worthwhile.