2017 NFL Draft: Mitchell Trubisky 'solid, not spectacular' in throwing session
John Lynch is among the 75 NFL scouts at UNC's pro day, while the Browns are noticeably absent
Continuing the positive momentum he created at the NFL Scouting Combine a couple weeks ago, North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed approximately 63 of 70 passes during a scripted throwing session Tuesday that was attended by an estimated 75 scouts representing virtually every NFL team.
Among the big names in attendance were San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch and Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, two clubs potentially in need of a young quarterback. No NFL head coaches attended the workout.
The Cleveland Browns, owners of the Nos. 1 and 12 overall picks and with a clear need at quarterback, were conspicuously absent, an indication that the club likely has a private workout already set up with Trubisky, an Ohio native.
According to Andrew Carter of the News & Observer, Trubisky will work out for the Browns, Jets, 49ers and Chiefs, among others.
Trubisky, a possible top-five pick and NFLDraftScout.com’s top-rated quarterback for the 2017 draft, elected to stand on his impressive combine performance when it came to the measurable drills, which preceded a throwing session. One observer on hand for the workout characterized it as “solid, but not spectacular.”
Trubisky started his workout with several short passes to the flats and across the middle with a “rusher” forcing him to move. The drill demonstrated the quick feet and balance that stood out on tape and wowed scouts at the combine with his 4.67 second 40-yard dash.
As the workout continued, Trubisky delivered several impressive tosses down the field that showed off his touch and velocity. Despite throwing outdoors in gusty conditions, Trubisky was consistently accurate, though he did occasionally force receivers to adjust to passes slightly behind them.
One clear exception, however, was a rollout to his right late in the throwing session in which he sailed a deep corner over his intended receiver.
The 6-foot-2, 222-pound Trubisky is often knocked for his less-than-ideal 13 career starts (all in 2016) but he is surprisingly polished, showing a quick setup and delivery of the ball, as well as the ability to throw from different platforms. As he was chased Tuesday, Trubisky showed off his improvisational skills, firing passes over the top, from a three-quarters delivery and even side-armed.
There were several drops of catchable passes, lowering Trubisky’s completion rate but overall it was a solid performance, similar to the one he had in Indianapolis and what Clemson star Deshaun Watson (one of Trubisky’s top competitors) showed at his pro day last week.
Trubisky was obviously the star attraction but the NFL scouts and coaches on hand showed plenty of interest in UNC’s “other” prospects, a list which included six more Tar Heels invited to the combine, including running backs Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan, wide receivers Mack Hollins, Bug Howard and Ryan Switzer and defensive tackle Nazair Jones.
Hollins, another highly regarded receiver who led the nation with an average of 24.8 yards per reception last season, was unable to work out Thursday after pulling his hamstring during 40-yard dash testing last month in Indianapolis.
The Cincinnati Bengals seemed especially interested in the Tar Heels duo of runners with positional coach Kyle Caskey putting Howard and Logan through drills. The Bengals, of course, already have a former UNC running back on the roster in former second-round pick Giovanni Bernard.
Meanwhile, a representative of the Chicago Bears put Jones through his workout.
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