About a week ago, the Chicago Bears did something unexpected. They traded up in the draft when most believed if they made a move, it would have been to trade back. What followed was something the Bears have never done in their long history: draft a possible franchise quarterback with the second overall pick.
Mitch Trubisky was Ryan Pace’s “guy” all along. Most of us didn’t know that. In fact, head coach John Fox may have not even known. The Bears played things very close to the chest, which you can’t blame them for in today’s day and age with social media.
Like it or not, Trubisky is the future of the franchise. Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the former North Carolina Tarheel.
At 6’2” and 222 pounds, Trubisky is the perfect size for a prototypical NFL quarterback. However, nobody knew his name in 2015. This is because Trubisky served as the backup behind Marquise Williams before getting a chance to start in 2016. The time spent behind Williams was beneficial for the former Mr. Ohio. As the starter in 2016, Trubisky threw for 30 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He ranked fifth in the country with a 68.0 completion percentage.
His choice to leave school after starting just 13 games was a bold one and only time will tell if it was worth it. Clearly, the Bears saw something in him, but having just 13 games of experience is less than ideal. Especially, as a quarterback.
Trubisky is built to withstand hits that an NFL quarterback will take. He has a good pocket presence, that allows him to buy time to make throws downfield. When he leaves the pocket, he doesn’t immediately try to run. He keeps his eyes up and continues to look for a receiver downfield. He is always in a ready position, in terms of throwing the football. His release is quick and efficient.
Reading defenses is also something Trubisky does with great success. After the ball is snapped, he is always trying to find the safeties. He goes through his progressions quickly, which allows him to make the most out of each play. He also comes back to certain progressions if his protection allows it. Again, has plenty of arm and rarely makes throws without being in a balanced position.
Completing 62.1 percent of his passes, accuracy is no issue for Trubisky. His quick release makes his unstoppable in the short passing game.
Like any player, Trubisky does have some things he needs to work on.
The majority of his snaps came out of the shotgun. He will need to learn how to play under center and be effective in doing so. That also mean he will have to develop his footwork. That shouldn’t be a huge issue, considering the type of athlete he is.
At times, he has trouble finding touch on the deep ball. This is also something that can be improved with practice.
One scout had an interesting statement when referring to Trubisky:
“There are times he looks like another Carson Wentz and then there are times he looks like Blaine Gabbert. He has starting qualities and he’ll go early, but he better get better at seeing blitzes and throwing hot or he’ll get eaten alive by the exotic packages they are throwing at quarterbacks these days.”
Trubisky’s upside is high, like any early first round draft pick. However, there is risk involved. If things go as planned, Trubisky won’t see any playing time, besides the preseason, in 2017. With that being said, injuries in the NFL happen all the time.
The Bears made a statement by drafting Trubisky. Having a young quarterback to develop for the future is a good thing. Many Bears fans should realize this before they go and rip Ryan Pace. Agree or not, Pace is building the Bears in his image. You can’t fault him for that.
Also check out our Draft Profile on the Chicago Bears second round selection, TE Adam Shaheen.