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Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer intends to enter 2017 NFL Draft

Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer will apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Kizer announced his intentions on Monday, via Twitter.

Kizer was a two-year starter for the Fighting Irish and experienced two very different seasons in doing so. In 2015, he took over for an injured Malik Zaire in Week 2 and led Notre Dame to a 10-2 season and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. This year, Notre Dame finished just 4-8, and Kizer struggled at times. At one point, coach Brian Kelly suggested he might lose the starting role. Nevertheless, an NFC executive described him in late October as future top-10 draft choice, and another scout told analyst Lance Zierlein that Kizer is a better prospect than Clemson star QB Deshaun Watson.

Kizer completed 212 of 361 passes (58.7 percent) this year for 2,925 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Kizer, a third-year sophomore, is a dual-threat quarterback whose skills have been compared to those of late Tennessee Titans star Steve McNair.

Underclassmen have until a Jan. 16 deadline to apply for early draft eligibility.

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