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Grading the Big 5: Week 13 grade for ND's DeShone Kizer

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Editor's note: NFL.com analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects each week of the 2016 season. Click the tabs above to see their Week 13 marks for each of the players.

DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

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WEEK 13 GRADE: B-

Stats: 17-of-32 for 220 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT. 11 carries for minus-37 yards (minus-3.4 average), TD. (at USC)

Skinny: It's been a roller-coaster season for Kizer, but scouts are still smitten by his unique combination of size, arm talent, and intelligence. It's hard to find 6-foot-4, 230-pound signal-callers capable of executing zone-reads or designed quarterback runs while also displaying the poise, composure and skill to dissect defenses from the pocket. That's why scouts might ding Kizer for some of his miscues and misfires against USC, but remain optimistic about his long-term potential due to his ability to make "wow" throws from the pocket.

He dropped a dime over the top of USC CB Adoree' Jackson on a "sluggo" (slant and go) to Kevin Stepherson for a 29-yard score. Kizer also displayed impressive accuracy, timing and ball placement on a handful of in-breaking routes between the hashes. Although Kizer's poor decision to toss the ball into coverage in the flat resulted in a pick-six for the Trojans, the junior typically avoids such costly errors and scouts are unlikely to view him as a turnover machine at the position. In the end, Kizer's play against the Trojans will only increase the intrigue over his talent and potential when scouts ponder how well he could perform with a solid supporting cast in a system built around his unique talents.

Follow Bucky Brooks on Twitter @BuckyBrooks.

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