As the 2017 NFL Combine comes to a close, we take a look back at the how the quarterbacks performed on Saturday. Much ado has been made about the consensus top four quarterbacks-Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer and Patrick Mahomes-and where they fall along draft boards.
The North Carolina product’s 4.67 40 places him in the 82nd percentile among quarterbacks via Mockdraftable while his broad jump and 3-cone also saw themselves in the 80th percentile, further solidifying his plus-athleticism narrative. Trubisky didn’t have much to prove throwing the ball, but chose to anyway and nailed that aspect of the test.
Most haven’t given Watson the credit he deserves, but he will serve as QB1 for me until draft day. He measured in at 6’2,” 221 pounds with a 4.66 40 that also ranks in the 82nd percentile, adding in an impressive broad jump and 3-cone time that finished 89th and 73rd respectively. Watson earned himself quite the comparison along the way. While throwing, Watson looked as smooth as ever handling drops from under center and extended three and fives from the gun.
Something of a wildcard in this class, Kizer had quite an underwhelming day in the tests as you can see here. Regardless, measuring at 6’4,” 233 pounds is what most expected and will certainly serve him well throughout the pre-draft process. He can really spin it and executes a tight release with the ability to drive his core through the release point that allows the ball to jump out of his hands. His accuracy runs hot and cold as throws get deeper with mixed footwork, aspects that were on display while throwing on Saturday.
Rob Rang of CBS had this to say of Kizer’s performance: “There is no questioning Kizer’s arm talent. The ball comes out of his hand as impressively as any quarterback testing this year in Indianapolis. He looked off-balance dropping back, however, and was sporadic with the placement of his front foot when stepping into his throws.”
We know what he have in an athlete with Mahomes, but he posted some impressive results nonetheless with good size. Everything we’ve seen on tape was on display during workouts, slinging the ball all over the field from off-balanced platforms or snapping into a sound base to deliver strikes at the intermediate level. Many question the ability to transition from the Air Raid to a pro-style system, but quarterbacks in that system consistently take snaps from under center during practice, and Mahomes’ footwork and drops looked crisp during drills.