This breakdown is based on how Kiel fits under Brian Kelly and his spread attack at Notre Dame.
The first knock people have on Gunner is lack of mobility. Is Gunner a speedster looking to run the football? No! But in Brian Kelly's offensive attack he has the ability to escape, move the pocket and keep plays alive while keeping his eyes up the field looking to make a play instead of looking at oncoming rushers. This is where most people who give evaluations only look at foot speed and not the overall athletic ability of a player.
A year ago Kiel showed the signs of being a top prospect but look a little soft physically. Now the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder looks in better physical shape and has worked on developing his arm strength. This is easy to see when you look at the back of his upper arm (Triceps) and also the front of his upper arm (Biceps) as compared to a year ago. It is also easy to see when he throws the ball as he now uses less arm strain on all routes.
Kiel has all the intangibles you want in a top level quarterback. Poise, leadership, quick release and the ability to apply the right touch and zip on each of the throws required.
Already a veteran of a spread attack, Kiel sets up quick putting himself into position to make the throw. He shows above average field vision and high accuracy while delivering the ball quickly and with the proper follow through.