Notre Dame's Brian Kelly rips former QB DeShone Kizer 'on the field' and 'off the field' before NFL Draft

By Alex Butler
Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly. File photo by Marc Serota/UPI
Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly. File photo by Marc Serota/UPI | License Photo

April 3 (UPI) -- At this time of year, most college coaches are trying to pump up the stock of their former players before the NFL Draft.

But Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly took a different approach Monday when asked about the quarterback on SiriusXM NFL Radio.


"Well, [Kizer] still should be in college," Kelly said. "The circumstances are such that you have to make business decisions and he felt like it was in his best interest. I'm going to support him and his decision. But the reality of it is he needs more football, he needs more time to grow in so many areas. Not just on the field, but off the field."

Kizer declared for the 2017 NFL Draft in December. He is widely considered a top-3 prospect at the position. The 21-year-old completed 212-of-361 passes for 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season for the Irish. He also ran for 472 yards and eight scores on the ground.

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Kelly's comments are quite different than the ones Clemson coach Dabo Swinney made in January about quarterback Deshaun Watson. Swinney compared his National Championship winning gunslinger to Michael Jordan.


Draft analysts do not project Kizer as a first-round pick.'s draft profile compares him to Steve McNair. Kizer has worked out for the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers and has also been linked to the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, and Kansas City Chiefs. Kizer had his pro day two weeks ago in South Bend.

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