Without a doubt, quarterback is the toughest position to play in the NFL, as he is constantly under a microscope. Whether it’s from the front office, or the media, the QB is one who will always be through the line of fire.
Mitchell Trubisky (QB, North Carolina)
Listed at 6-2, the height of Trubisky is one of the handful of issues that scouts have with the UNC graduate. Teams often go after quarterbacks that are listed on the taller side, but there are plenty of smaller guys under center in the NFL (Drew Brees as a prime example).
After the combine, many were surprised by Trubisky’s 40-yard dash, as he matched DeShaun Watson’s time 4.67 seconds. Front offices aren’t necessarily thinking of taking the fastest guy on the board, but Trubisky is someone that could succeed in the right system.
As of today, the teams most interested in Trubisky’s talents are the Cleveland Browns, as well as the San Francisco 49ers. With that, it’s as clear as day that there is no real superstar talent on either one of those offenses.
In 2016 alone, the 49ers ranked 30th in the league when it came to the amount of total sacks allowed (47). Sitting two spots below them were the Browns, as they allowed a whopping 66 sacks last year.
Trubisky has played as a starter for the Tar Heels for one season, but his stats did impress. With a TD:INT ratio of a 5.0 in his junior year, Trubisky’s accuracy is debatably the best in this upcoming rookie class.
The individual talent of Trubisky is one side, but the overall talent in Cleveland or San Francisco is another. If Trubisky is going to be a successful NFL quarterback in one of these systems, there needs to be a faster rebuild process.