Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly reiterated on Pro Football Talk Live that QB DeShone Kizer isn’t a finished product and needs more time to develop, but they support him entering the draft.
“My comments were really specific about just maturing as a person,” Kelly said. “We want our guys to come to Notre Dame and develop holistically in all areas. So being at Notre Dame for a couple years does not give you that chance. When we turn over our young men to the NFL we want to say they’re finished products and DeShone’s not there yet. He needed more time. We clearly understood his decision to go to the NFL and we supported him, but I was merely saying that, again, he’s a young man that could use more time at Notre Dame. He’s a wonderful kid, he’s got great character. . . . Whoever gets the chance to draft DeShone is going to get somebody with great character and somebody that’s just scratching the surface as it relates to his football ability.”
- Jason Cole has heard that the Bills have checked on the possibility of moving up and down from No. 10 overall, but are just doing their due diligence.
- Ed Werder hears that the Cowboys aren’t close to signing free agent CB Jason McCourty, despite some internet rumors.
- We have McCourty featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.
- James Walker of ESPN writes that the recent news that Alabama LB Reuben Foster produced a diluted sample at the Combine, which is considered a failed a drug test, could lead to him being available to the Dolphins at No. 22 overall.
- Last year, the Dolphins couldn’t pass on drafting OT Laremy Tunsil at No. 13 after a video surfaced of him wearing a gas mask and smoking marijuana surfaced at the start of the draft.
- Many consider Foster to be one of the most talented players in this year’s draft class and fits a need for the Dolphins.
- Walker points out that Dolphins HC Adam Gase began his coaching career with Nick Saban and they have a long-standing relationship, so he should be able to get whatever information he needs about Foster’s background.