As the Bears search for their next franchise quarterback, the NFL combine is great place to start. Taking place from February 28th to March 6th, the NFL combine allows teams to watch the best athletes go through drills and also meet with players.
The Bears will meet with Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer and Miami QB Brad Kaaya Friday night. John Fox and Ryan Pace will be allowed fifteen minutes with each prospect.
Kizer, 6-4 230lb, played two seasons at Notre Dame. Despite only four wins last season, Kizer still had a strong season. He threw for 2,925 yards with 26 TDs and only 9 INT’s. The Notre Dame product also added 427 yards on the ground and 8TDs.
Kizer put up solid numbers at Notre Dame. He has the size and athleticism to complete at the next level. A duel threat QB, especially in the red zone, posted 18 rushing touchdowns the last seasons. Kizer’s arm strength and mobility is what pops out on the tape right away. Kizer could be on of the first QB’s taken in the NFL draft will good workouts and interviews with teams.
Kaaya, 6-4 215, played three seasons at Miami. Kaaya is not a runner like Kizer but threw for at least 3,000 each season while in college. He did not turn the ball over a lot and has pretty good arm strength..
Kaaya was mentioned as maybe the most “pro-ready” QB in this class. His arm strength and vision backs up that statement. Putting on weight will be a focus but Kaaya could turn into a long-term starter in the NFL.
Other QBs such as UNC’s Mitchell Trubisky and Texas Tech Pat Mahomes have confirmed plans to meet with the Bears.
Deshaun Watson has ten meeting Friday night but says he expects to meet with the Bears before the conclusion of the combine on Monday.