With the No. 2 overall pick, the Chicago Bears swapped picks with the 49ers to select North Carolina Tar Heels’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky got late steam from sources around the NFL that he would be selected within the top-five, and they were indeed correct. Trubisky is a tall, athletic quarterback who can make just about every NFL throw with consistency. He won’t need to be a day one starter, but he is the most talented quarterback in this class and can definitely be the Bears’ quarterback of the future.
Is this a good fantasy football fit?
With the Bears signing Mike Glennon in the off-season, this selection comes with much surprise. Trubisky only started 13 games in his college career, so this is a good situation for him to sit behind Glennon and learn during his rookie season. The former Tar Heel will not be thrown into the fire that is the NFL as a rookie quarterback. Tribusky will not be fantasy-relevant in 2017 season and it will be a good thing for his career in the league.
Trubisky’s Combine Analysis
A quarterback’s combine is not critiqued the same way that a skill position player’s combine would be analyzed. Sure, the measuring, testing and field drills are looked at, but the important physical attributes are on tape for them to see. What’s important for a quarterback is the Wonderlic Test, along with the individual meeting with the player.
Trubisky measured in at 6-foot-2, 222 lbs and tested well overall. He finished in the top percentile out of quarterbacks in the 40-yard dash (4.67 sec), 3 cone drill (6.87 sec) and the 20-yard shuttle (4.25 sec). He also scored a 25 on the Wonderlic, which is average. No active Super Bowl winning quarterback has scored below Ben Roethlisberger‘s 25.
How good was Trubisky in college?
Growing up in Ohio, Trubisky dreamed of going to Ohio State, but once the Buckeyes struck out on Deshaun Watson and chose J.T. Barrett over the four-star from Ohio, Trubisky chose the Tar Heels over the likes of Alabama and other SEC schools. Early on, Trubisky was unable to win the job over Marquise Williams until his redshirt junior season — when Williams was no longer at UNC.
In his lone year as a starter, Trubisky threw for 30 touchdowns to only six interceptions, while completing 68.2% of his pass attempts. While the majority of his throws came out of shotgun, he displayed a very strong and accurate arm, which impressed scouts during his 13 career starts. Better yet, he was able to run the read option with much success and he showed that same athleticism in the pocket. He’s not going to scramble for chunks of yardage, but he is able to escape from rushers and buy time in the pocket.
His lack of game experience and tape makes him a dice roll for NFL general managers, but if this GM feels comfortable taking him at this spot, then he had to have made a great impression on his visit. Overall, Trubisky has all the tools to succeed in the NFL; however, he was drafted into a situation where he will be able to sit behind a veteran quarterback and learn the position.