John Lynch: DeShone Kizer blew 49ers away in interview

INDIANAPOLIS -- DeShone Kizer passed an important early phase in his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, at least where John Lynch is concerned.

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The former Notre Dame quarterback met with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday night, and the club's new GM said Kizer "blew the doors off" in the exchange. The 49ers hold the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and are among several clubs holding a top-10 pick who have a need at the quarterback position.

"This whole thing is not just about an interview, but if you were grading him on that alone, he blew the doors off. He's an impressive young man, his film's very impressive," Lynch said Thursday. "I think the same can be said for Deshaun Watson. You watch what he's done, just putting a team on his shoulders and taking down a great champion. (Mitch) Trubisky, (Patrick) Mahomes, I think it's a very talented draft class at that position, one we're very excited about."

Along with impressing one of the clubs that needs a quarterback most, Kizer also stood apart from the quarterback field with his size during Thursday's measurements at the combine. At 6-foot-4 1/2, 233 pounds, he proved to be the biggest of the combine's QB prospects. And Lynch wasn't shy about acknowledging that the club is in the market for a young passer.

"Look, I don't think you need to be too transparent to realize that's a position we're looking at. We don't have any (quarterbacks), so that's a position that's a big focal point of our preparation right now," Lynch said.

Kizer and the rest of the quarterbacks will go through passing drills on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. If he stands out there as much as he did for Lynch on Wednesday night, his decision to enter the draft early as a third-year sophomore will begin to look all the smarter.

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