Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Mitch Trubisky
A look at UNC’s Mitch Trubisky.

Mitch Trubisky had a breakout 2016 season but only received third-team All-ACC honors because of the presence of the top two Heisman Trophy vote-getters (Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson). He ranked fifth in the country with a 68.0 completion percentage, threw 30touchdowns against just six picks and averaged 288 passing yards per contest.The dual-threat part of his game also came out in 2016, as he ran for 308 yards and five scores

He is listed at 6’3”, however, multiple scouts have said that he will most likely weigh closer to 6’1”. This is a little small for a QB, as he may have a challenge seeing and viewing the field. Batted passes may be a problem, but otherwise, he shouldn’t have much of a problem. He is, however, well built and able to withstand the hits he will take at the QB position, at 220pounds he is muscular and thick.

Trubisky’s arm talent is phenomenal. The ball flies out of hand on almost every throw and if you need to call up a deep shot he can throw the ball down the field for the play. When he’s being pressured he has the arm to make great throws to all parts of the field. He has really great accuracy inside 15 yards and solid accuracy farther down the field. Inconsistent in his placement of the deep ball, but that will improve with time. He is still learning there are some throws he cannot make right now, and he will try to make throws he cannot make and miss, however with competent coaching this problem can be easily rectified. His arm motion is solid and quickly gets the ball out, isn’t a long mechanical thrower.  Will throw behind crossing routes and slants, pocket presence needs to be able to let them catch and run.

Possibly the best part of Trubisky’s pocket presence. He always knows when to step up and avoid the edge pressure.  He also has the mobility to avoid the interior pressure and LBs coming through the A gap. He also shows no fear or skittishness in the pocket and does not try to leave the pocket too early or too late. When he does rollout he makes good throws on the run and doesn’t lose any of his accuracy.

A concern for Trubisky, however, is the offense he played in. He played in a spread offense with lots of run-pass options, which open up wider windows to throw into and make throws very easy. Ina space based passing attack, he isn’t being asked to open up tight throws and this could be a problem when there are tight throws to make at the Pro Level.  He does make good reads, manipulating the safeties

Trubisky is a high-end quarterback prospect who possessesNFL size, a big arm and the ability to throw with accuracy from the pocket or on the move. Despite playing in a spread-based offense, he’s a full-field reader who does a very good job of getting an early read on the safeties before crafting his course of action. Trubisky will have to become much more pocket aware and do a better job of recognizing and attacking blitzes to back NFLdefensive coordinators off. He hasn’t put all the pieces together yet, but the puzzle is all right in front. Trubisky projects as a good starting quarterback with a high floor and the potential to be great. Expect him to go top 3.

Comparison: Alex Smith

Trubisky will have to slowly make the NFL job his and adapt to the pro style, but one he does he can be a solid QB for years to come, and potentially a Top 15 starter in the league.



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