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Notre Dame Football: NFL Draft Analysts Think DeShone Kizer Cost Himself $3 Millon at Combine

Post-combine mock drafts have been unkind to the former Notre Dame quarterback

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NFL draft analysts were not impressed with DeShone Kizer’s NFL Combine performance, if their mock drafts are any indication.

The former Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback’s median position in the 27 mock drafts released in the week before his tryout was No. 13 to the Arizona Cardinals. Over the Cap estimates that contract to be worth $13.4 million.

In the 38 mocks released since Saturday, Kizer’s median position is No. 25 to the Houston Texans. That contract is worth $10.2 million, according to the same site.

The mocks I examined include everyone from professional insiders to amateur bloggers, which gives a good sense of the hivemind 49 days before the draft commences in Philadelphia. Kizer is expected to participate in Notre Dame’s March 23 Pro Day and countless other private workouts with NFL teams, which will undoubtedly affect his standing.

NFL: Combine Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Kizer “blew the doors off” his interview with the San Francisco 49ers, according to their general manager John Lynch. That prompted SB Nation’s Dan Kadar to push Kizer up on his board from the No. 3 pick owned by the Chicago Bears. FanRag Sport’s Kyle Crabbs jumped Kizer from No. 25 to No. 2 and acknowledged Lynch’s comments weighed heavily in the switch.

If that was an overreaction in Kizer’s favor, the DraftTek staff may have offered the inverse. The group has never been particularly high on the former signalcaller in South Bend, putting him anywhere from No. 27 to the Kansas City Chiefs to a high second round pick of the Cleveland Browns or 49ers.

In their mock released Wednesday, DraftTek had the Houston Texans selecting the third round. At pick No. 89, Kizer - who is still the top quarterback on Mike Mayock’s big board - was two selections ahead of Pittsburgh’s Nate Peterman.

The Draft Wire’s Cole Thompson perspective on Kizer was obviously affected by the Combine. He had Kizer at No. 2 before workouts Saturday and dropped him to No. 27 in an updated mock released Tuesday.

We’re now tracking 95 analysts who have published at least one mock draft since Jan. 10. Here’s the breakdown of where they see Kizer headed.

DeShone Kizer’s mock draft position from 95 writers who published since Jan. 10

Here is the breakdown of where Kizer is slotted, based solely on the 53 individuals who have published their mock drafts within the last week.


DeShone Kizer’s Draft Position

Draft analyst Publication Date of Mock Kizer at... Team
Draft analyst Publication Date of Mock Kizer at... Team
Adam Gorney Rivals 3/1/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Andre Simone BSN Denver 2/28/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Andrew Mason 3/5/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Anthony Broome 247 Sports 3/7/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Art Stapleton The Record (N.J.) 3/3/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Ben Standig CSN Mid-Atlantic 2/24/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Bob McManaman The Arizona Republic 2/16/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Brad Weiss FanSided 3/8/2017 10 Buffalo Bills
Brent Sobleski Bleacher Report 2/28/2017 25 Houston Texans
Bucky Brooks 3/2/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Chad Reuter 2/16/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Charley Casserly 2/11/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Charlie Campbell WalterFootball 3/6/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Chris Burke Sports Illustrated 2/08/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Chris Fedor Advance Media (Cleveland) 3/8/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Chris Roling Bleacher Report 3/2/2017 3 Chicago Bears
Cole Thompson The Draft Wire 3/7/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Connor Hughes 2/28/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Connor Reilly SEC Country 3/5/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
D. Orlando Ledbetter Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2/27/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Dan Bilicki Toronto Sun 3/1/2017 3 Chicago Bears
Dan Kadar SB Nation 3/7/2017 2 San Francisco 49ers
Dan Schmelzer NFL Spin Zone 2/27/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Dane Brugler CBS Sports 3/7/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Daniel Jeremiah 2/08/2017 Not in the first round n/a
DaRon Frost Pro Players Insider 2/26/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press 2/28/2017 2 San Francisco 49ers
David Harrison The Pewter Plank 3/3/2017 25 Houston Texans
David McCracken Bleacher Report 2/21/2017 20 Denver Broncos
Dieter Kurtenbach Fox Sports 2/16/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Eddie Brown San Diego Union-Tribune 3/1/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Eliot Shorr-Parks NJ Advance Media 2/23/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Emily Kaplan MMQB 3/7/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Eric Edholm Yahoo! 2/10/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Galko The Sporting News 2/13/2017 10 Buffalo Bills
Erik Lambert NFL Mocks 3/6/2017 25 Houston Texans
George Stockburger NFL Mocks 3/7/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Jacob Loque Baltimore Beatdown 3/8/2017 Not in the first round n/a
James Kratch NJ Advance Media 2/20/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Jared Dubin CBS Sports 3/3/2017 10 Buffalo Bills
Jay Skurski The Buffalo News 1/29/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Jeff Risdon RealGM 2/10/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Joe Buscaglia WKBW-TV (Buffalo) 3/7/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Joe Malfa Turn on the Jets 2/28/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Joe Redemann numberFire 3/3/2017 6 New York Jets
John Harris Washington Post 2/15/2017 10 Buffalo Bills
Jon Dove With the First Pick 3/3/2017 34 San Francisco 49ers
Joseph Zucker Bleacher Report 3/6/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Josh Norris Rotoworld 2/06/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Justin Bales FF Today 3/6/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Keith Mullins Cowboys Wire 2/28/2017 3 Chicago Bears
Kristopher Knox Bleacher Report 3/8/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Kyle Crabbs FanRag Sports 3/6/2017 2 San Francisco 49ers
Lance Zierlein 2/22/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Lou Pickney 2/07/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Luke Easterling The Draft Wire 2/22/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Mark Eckel NJ Advance Media 1/10/2017 3 Chicago Bears
Matt Lombardo NJ Advance Media 3/6/2017 10 Buffalo Bills
Matt Miller Bleacher Report 3/7/2017 25 Houston Texans
Maurice Moton Bleacher Report 3/5/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Mel Kiper Jr. ESPN 2/15/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Michelle Bruton Bleacher Report 2/23/2017 6 New York Jets
Mike Farrell Rivals 3/1/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Mike Kaye First Coast News 2/09/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Nate Davis USA Today 3/7/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Nicholas Goss NESN 3/7/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Nick Klopsis Newsday 2/14/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Oliver Connolly All 22 3/1/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Pete Prisco CBS Sports 3/5/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Peter Schrager Fox Sports 2/27/2017 2 San Francisco 49ers
Richard Sena Vavel 2/27/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Rob Rang CBS Sports 3/7/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Russell Brown NFL Mocks 3/6/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Ryan Wilson CBS Sports 3/8/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times 3/2/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Samuel Fuller FullerMetrics 3/6/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Scott Krinch CSN Chicago 2/07/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Scott Polacek Bleacher Report 3/6/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Staff 3/7/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Staff DraftTek 3/8/2017 89 Houston Texans
Staff 3/8/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Staff 3/7/2017 34 San Francisco 49ers
Stephen Cohen Seattle Post-Intelligencer 2/23/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Steve Palazzolo Pro Football Focus 2/17/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Steve Serby NY Post 2/25/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Steve Silverrman Bleacher Report 2/27/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Steven Petrella Land of 10 3/6/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Steven Ruiz For the Win 3/7/2017 25 Houston Texans
Todd McShay ESPN 2/08/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Tony Grossi ESPN Cleveland 3/5/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Vasilis Lericos Baltimore Beatdown 3/7/2017 25 Houston Texans
Vinnie Iyer Sporting News 2/21/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Walter Cherepinsky WalterFootball 3/7/2017 38 Los Angeles Chargers
Will Brinson CBS Sports 3/2/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Zach Goodall Big Cat Country 3/3/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs