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Mitch Trubisky Selected With Second Overall Pick by the Chicago Bears

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Mitchell Trubisky drafted by the Chicago Bears

Mitch Trubisky attended Mentor High School in his hometown of Mentor, Ohio. During his career as a quarterback for the Cardinals, he passed for 9,126 yards and 92 touchdowns. Mitch also rushed for 1,559 yards and 33 touchdowns. His performance as a high school quarterback led to him being named Mr. Football in Ohio.

Trubisky committed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to play football for the Tar Heels. Having redshirted in 2013, Mitch played as backup to starter Marquise Williams in ten games during the 2014 season. In those ten games, he completed 42 of his 78 pass attempts for 459 yards, five touchdowns, and four interceptions.

The following season, 2015, Mitch was again the Tar Heels’ backup quarterback. He appeared in nine games, completing 40 of his 47 passes for 555 yards, and six touchdowns as well as rushing for three additional touchdowns.

Mitch took over as the starting quarterback in 2016. Of his 447 pass attempts, he completed 304 for 3,748 yards, 30 touchdowns, and six interceptions. On January 9, 2017, Trubisky announced that he would forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Player Analysis

Although Mitch Trubisky has a mere one-year of experience as a starting quarterback, he has shown himself to be a very polished and consistent passer with good pocket mobility. He is tied for number one in this draft class among quarterbacks with 80 or more pass attempts. Despite the fact that he has played in a spread-based offense, he is a full-field reader. He does a great job of getting an early read on safeties before setting up his course of action. He possesses the ability to keep eye level up enabling him to see receivers down the field while he moves within the pocket.

The main concerns with Trubisky are his lack of blitz recognition, which tends to leave him surprised where defenders are coming from post-snap, and his inconsistent deep ball touch, which hangs and forces receivers to adjust too often. These weaknesses should be relatively easy to correct in time.

Final Thoughts

Though he has not put all the pieces together yet, Mitch Trubisky is a high-end prospect that projects as a good starting quarterback. At 6-foot-2, 222 pounds, he is built to withstand the physical challenges of the position. His balance and consistent mechanics allow him to throw with great accuracy in the short passing game. He has all the potential of becoming a great NFL quarterback.