DeShone Kizer isn’t fazed by criticism ahead of the NFL draft, even if it’s coming from his inner circle.

Brian Kelly, Kizer’s head coach at Notre Dame, recently expressed his discontent with the quarterback declaring for the draft, arguing that he wasn’t ready for the professional ranks and should continue his development in South Bend.

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More surprising than the criticism is that Kizer agrees with his coach’s assessment.

“It’s honestly the truth,” he said Wednesday on ESPN 1000, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “I have two more years available (of college eligibility). I’m only 21 years of age. There is a lot of growth for me. There’s a lot of growth for everyone in this draft. There’s a lot of guys out there who had to make big adjustments as they move into the NFL, and I know it. That’s why I’m not the No. 1 quarterback guaranteed walking into this draft as we speak.”

It’s a curious self-assessment with teams finalizing their draft strategy ahead of the April 27-29 event, but it’s possible his candid appraisal will impress league personnel.

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