It’s still not known which quarterback will be off the board first when the 2017 NFL Draft comes calling next month. This is one of the most wide-open classes we have seen in some time.
Though, it wouldn’t be a major surprise to those who follow the draft process if former North Carolina standout Mitch Trubisky was the first quarterback to hear his name called. Despite starting for just one season with the Tar Heels, Trubisky has shot up the draft boards. It started during a tremendous 2016 campaign for the young quarterback and has continued throughout the draft evaluation process.
Now, just over a month before the start of the draft, at least one team seems to be extremely high on Trubisky.
“One interesting tidbit from QB Mitchell Trubisky’s pro day: An NFL personnel director told me that Trubisky’s skill set reminds him of Aaron Rodgers entering the league,” ESPN’s Todd McShay noted on Wednesday. “The similarities: The quick release, the arm talent and the ability stay in balance while moving his feet. A lot of time and motivation went into Rodgers’ NFL development, of course, but you see the raw tools with Trubisky.”
This is always a tricky thing. Comparing a quarterback just months removed from college ball to one of the greatest of the modern era will definitely be met with criticism. After all, what Aaron Rodgers has done throughout his career is absolutely amazing.
Though, there surely are some comparisons here. These comparisons stem from what we saw with Rodgers during his college days and Trubisky’s more recent stint at Chapel Hill.
Remember, Rodgers was just a two-year starter at CAL after transferring from Butte Community College. There was some concern over his experience, which ultimately helped him fall to the Green Bay Packers at the end of the first round. Trubisky has one less season of starting experience, and his sample size has been seen as a deterrent for some scouts.
Rodgers stood at 6-foot-2 and weighed 223 coming out of college. Meanwhile, Trubisky measured in at 6-foot-2 and 222 pounds during the recent 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
These are obvious comparisons we can draw. When talking about on-field similarities, that is surely up for debate. It’s still something to keep an eye on as the draft process continues to play out.