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San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch believes this year's quarterback crop is getting a bad rap.

"As I started to study these guys, I thought they were getting a bad rap," Lynch said. "They each have reasons why maybe people think they shouldn't go (No.) 2. In Trubisky's case, he's only started 13 games, but you turn on the tape with each of them, and they have redeeming qualities that make you say, 'Wow, this guy would be a part of it,' so we're evaluating them and we'll continue to do so." The 49ers hold the No. 2 overall pick and are, of course, desperate for quarterback help. Most believe they'll wait to get it. Lynch is a known fan of Kizer's. "One of the first things Kyle and I talked about (is) you've got to have a franchise quarterback. We know that, we're in search of it, and we're looking at every avenue to try and get that," Lynch added.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 27 - 6:21 PM

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky is expected to attend the Browns' local prospects day.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported last week that the Browns had scheduled Trubisky for a private workout, and now we know the details of his trip. Usually, teams must travel to the prospect's respective campus if they want a private workout, but Cleveland lucked out because Trubisky is an Ohio native, and thus able to conduct a workout at their facilities without the club being forced to burn one of their official pre-Draft visit slots. Cleveland owns the Nos. 1 and 12 overall picks.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 27 - 3:59 PM

LSU QB Brandon Harris announced his transfer to UNC.

The Tar Heels lost Mitchell Trubisky to the NFL draft and likely are in need of a starter next season. That might be Harris or it might not, since the longtime LSU passer never performed at a high level. Malik Zaire is still waiting to make his decision as well. Harris is eligible to play immediately.
Mar 27 - 10:51 AM

An area scout for an AFC team said of UNC QB Mitchell 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," the scout said. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein comps Trubisky to Lions QB Matthew Stafford. And one personnel director who chatted with ESPN's Todd McShay made an even loftier comparison, to Aaron Rodgers when Rodgers entered the draft out of Cal.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 4:00 PM

Pro Football Focus compared UNC WR Mack Hollins to Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace.

"Few receivers had the straightaway speed of Wallace in his prime, but Hollins looks every bit the part," notes the PFF analysis team. "Wallace could run right past a defender, and if he caught it there was no catching him. Wallace was a raw route runner coming out of college, and while he improved, he’s always been a deep-threat receiver first and foremost." The outlet refers to the 6-foot-4, 221-pounder as "a big-time sleeper in this draft." Unfortunately, Hollins' elite speed has not been on display during Combine testing, as he injured his hamstring while clocking at 4.53 seconds. He's recovering from a broken collarbone suffered in October to boot. While the running back and tight end classes have drawn plenty of chatter for their depth, we like quite a few deep-draw wideouts in this class, Hollins among them.
Mar 25 - 3:55 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranked UNC RB T.J. Logan as the No. 10 prospect at his position.

This is the highest we've seen Logan ranked, and over names like Jamaal Williams, Samaje Perine, Elijah McGuire, James Conner and Marlon Mack. Logan projects as a passing down specialist and a third day pick.
Source: ESPN
Mar 23 - 11:11 AM

Texas HC Tom Herman confirmed that the Longhorns are recruiting LSU graduate transfer QB Brandon Harris.

The Horns lost its No. 3 QB when sophomore Matthew Merrick decided to focus on his academics, so they're now shopping for a signal-caller to add to the depth chart next to youngsters Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger. "We’ve got two," Herman said after practice Tuesday. "One’s 19 and one’s 18." As for Harris, he’s made two things clear: He wants to start, and he's pinpointed his search to North Carolina and Texas. He'd have a better shot to start at UNC, but Harris also might decide that he wants to try to unseat Buechele. Herman would give him that shot. "We gotta win," Herman said when asked if it wasn't in his best interest to start Bueche or Ehlinger for developmental purposes. "Lost seven games three straight years around here. If a grad transfer is better than those two and can beat them out, then we'll worry about their growth next spring."
Source: ESPN
Mar 22 - 3:04 PM

When asked why he didn’t start over Marquise Williams, UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky said: "I felt like I won the job."

"I felt like I should have been the quarterback, but Coach [Larry] Fedora, it’s his decision, he did what he thought was best for the team," Trubisky said. "Even though I hated being a backup, as a competitor, I embraced my role. ... We won a lot of games with [Williams] and I thought if I was in there I could have done the same thing and maybe even better." Some see Trubisky's inability to unseat Williams as a red flag, others aren't as concerned by Fedora's deference to the veteran. As Yahoo reminded readers, Tom Brady once had problems beating out Drew Henson. Trubisky told the site that he has workouts scheduled with the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals.
Source: Yahoo
Mar 22 - 1:57 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay spoke with one personnel director who compared UNC QB Mitchell Trubisky to Aaron Rodgers coming out of Cal.

Yep. That happened. "The similarities: The quick release, the arm talent and the ability stay in balance while moving his feet," McShay writes, adding time went into Rodgers' development. First round quarterbacks aren't afforded that type of time anymore, but teams with established quarterbacks could be on the lookout in the first round in the hopes of planning for the future. Trubisky could be the first or the fourth quarterback off the board.
Source: ESPN
Mar 22 - 10:29 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky "struggled with his accuracy" during Tuesday's pro day throwing drills.

Trubisky did show off the requisite arm strength on Tuesday, but where that arm strength led the ball is another matter completely. Notes Pauline, "Receivers were adjusting to errant throws or leaving their feet to grab passes high of the mark. On occasion the ball left his hand funny and Trubisky was way off the target." In assessing the pro day work of both Clemson QB Deshaun Watson (last week) and Trubisky, Pauline believes Watson was the more consistent thrower. We would not be surprised to see Watson drafted before Trubisky on Day 1, though this quarterback class remains relatively fluid.
Mar 21 - 7:58 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that North Carolina RB T.J. Logan "looked terrific in ball-carrying drills" during pro day on Tuesday.

Pauline writes that Logan "display[ed] quick feet and a smooth change of direction, adding that the 5-foot-9, 196-pounder "also caught the ball very well." During Combine drills, Logan came away with the fastest 40-yard dash time of any running back in Indianapolis, acing the sprint in 4.37 seconds. ESPN's Mel Kiper believes that this strong work might boost him all the way to a Day 2 selection. The analyst viewed him as a late Day 3 pick prior to the Combine.
Mar 21 - 6:40 PM

According to ESPN, there were no NFL head coaches present for the pro day workout of North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky.

You can read into this as you would like. While it does strike as peculiar that a potential top-10 quarterback would not have a few head coaches of interested teams on hand to watch him throw, the Browns have already set up a private workout with him, as have the Jets, 49ers and Chiefs. All four of those teams would fall into the "quarterback hungry" basket by various degrees. In his latest positional rankings, NFL Media's Mike Mayock ranks Trubisky as the third quarterback in this class, trailing Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer and Clemson's Deshaun Watson.
Mar 21 - 5:55 PM

North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky will be attending the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

Fellow gunslinger Deshaun Watson had already previously confirmed that he will be attending the NFL's big show in Philadelphia come April 27. The presumptive No. 1 overall pick, Texas A&M EDGE Myles Garrett, does not plan on attending.
Mar 21 - 4:39 PM

The Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs have all scheduled private workouts with North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky.

We'd already heard about Cleveland's private workout, news that broke in conjunction with the report that head coach Hue Jackson and GM Sashi Brown had skipped UNC's pro day on Tuesday. The Browns, 49ers and Jets all have dire quarterback needs, while some have speculated that the Chiefs could take a quarterback in Round 1 as Alex Smith's eventual heir.
Mar 21 - 3:57 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson and executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown skipped North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky's pro day workout on Tuesday.

No biggie; Cleveland has already scheduled Trubisky for a private workout. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks slots Trubisky No. 25 to the Texans. The Jets and 49ers have been both sniffing around Trubisky recently.
Mar 21 - 2:44 PM


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