Every year we give our premium content members a team-by-team, player-by-player look at the NFL season that was. The coverage will be in-depth, but because the Dynasty Capsule series begins immediately after the season, we won’t use it to discuss free agency or the draft. Come see us in early May once Mr. Irrelevant is off the board for another 32-article series giving you the same detailed discussion you’ll see below.
Buckle up dynasty fans, because you’re about to be reminded why our motto is, “There is no off-season.”
There have been 19 quarterbacks who started their careers at 21 years old or younger since 1920. Half of them were before 1970. Of all 19, DeShone Kizer had more passing yards than all but one – Jameis Winston. He outpaced Alex Smith, Michael Vick and Matthew Stafford among others. I’m not highlighting this to suggest Kizer has shown us he can be a quality starting quarterback but to underline two things:
- Kizer, a raw prospect, was very young when he was pushed through perhaps one of the most chaotic first seasons a quarterback has faced
- His production in 2017 does not condemn him to failure in the future
It’s hard to come by positive things to say about Kizer’s rookie season otherwise. The start of his career was not handled well. He was pushed in and out of the lineup, and the offense was neither optimized nor tailored to his skill set and inexperience. Even worse, thanks to the team building of the people they have since fired; the Browns have a plethora of draft picks in a first round full of quarterback prospects. Kizer will have competition in 2018: if not from the draft, then from a trade or free agent signing. The team reportedly already tried to sign with Alex Smith. Kizer may not even be given a fair chance to compete for the job.
Still, we do not know if he is good or bad. His raw tools are still there and now he has some experience in the NFL at least. According to DLF’s January ADP data he is currently being undrafted in single quarterback leagues. I think he’s worth considering as a target in leagues where the position is more values, if you have space to wait, or are in dire need of a quarterback.
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