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NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah believes UNC QB Mitch Trubisky possesses the best 2016 season tape in this class of quarterbacks.

What makes it difficult is DeShone Kizer possesses the best 2015 tape. This only feeds into the questions, like... Why was Kizer's 2016 tape so different? Is a team comfortable enough with Trubisky's one year of starting experience? And, where does Watson fit in that ranking in both 2015 and 2016? Quarterback opinions start to come together in NFL circles during Combine week.
Feb 21 - 11:19 AM

The MMQB's Peter King writes it "looks like (UNC QB Mitch) Trubisky or (Notre Dame QB Deshone) Kizer to me" for the Chicago Bears at pick No. 3.

King, however, offers another possibility in Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the second round or a possible trade back into the first round. It is interesting that no veteran was attached to the Bears by King, saying the team needs to "start over" at the position.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 20 - 9:22 AM

CBS draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that North Carolina CB Desmond Lawrence deserved an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine due to his "height, length and competitive nature."

Alas, no dice for Lawrence, who was not invited to take part in the annual athletic testing event in Indianapolis later this month. That could be, in part, due to what Brugler terms a lack of "ideal sudden twitch or long-speed for the position." This past season, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder registered 37 tackles and eight passes defensed in 12 games played. He did not log an interception after picking off a combined three passes over the prior two campaigns.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 12:52 PM

On the Move the Sticks podcast, NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks comped North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky to Trent Green and Alex Smith, respectively.

"I can see some of [Trent Green in Trubisky]," Brooks said, "but I'm willing to give Mitch a little more credit for his athleticism. How about Alex Smith, who is right there in Kansas City? He kind of reminds me of Alex in terms of his ability to run. He just doesn't showcase it." This week, an AFC national scout forwarded the belief that Trubisky "has the same talent as Carson Wentz." Wentz was ultimately drafted by the Eagles at No. 2 a year ago. If you're into symmetry, it certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility that the 49ers could take Trubisky at No. 2 this coming April.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 6:01 PM

An AFC national scout says UNC QB Mitch Trubisky "has the same talent as Carson Wentz."

"I think (Mitch) Trubisky has the same talent as Carson Wentz, but Wentz is way bigger and he was just special from a football intelligence and interviewing standpoint," he said. "Trubisky is barely going to (measure) 6-foot-2, so he better kill it in combine meetings." Indeed. Wentz measured into the NFL Combine at 6-foot-5, 237 pounds with 10-inch hands. Some believe that Trubisky, meanwhile, will check in around 6-foot-1.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 3:17 PM

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks compares North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky to Alex Smith.

Before you roll your eyes, as Brooks expects you to, hear him out. "Trubisky's athleticism and efficient game reminds me of the 12th-year pro," Brooks wrote. "Although the North Carolina standout has a little more pop in his passes, he strikes me as a quick-rhythm thrower adept at working the ball between the numbers on a variety of timing and anticipation throws." The analyst also sees similarities in working the seams of a West Coast offense and having the athleticism needed for quarterback-designed runs and option plays. An AFC college scouting director quoted in the piece hit a few of the same themes: "I like Trubisky's skills. He can make all of the throws and move around. I'm a little worried about his lack of experience, though. He hasn't played in enough games to really know what he will become as a pro."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 2:03 PM

NFL Films producer Greg Cosell does not view UNC QB Mitch Trubisky as "necessarily a high level talent."

Trubisky "needs infrastructure, the right offensive system for him to develop into a quality starter," Cosell said. Function of the offense and system fit are two labels that stand out in this discussion of Trubisky. The same label can be dished out to a number of passers in the NFL and in each class. We care most about how quarterbacks handle confined space and a closing pocket, and that part of Trubisky's evaluation was not mentioned in this conversation.
Source: Mid Day 180
Feb 16 - 9:25 AM

An AFC senior personnel executive compares North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky to Derek Carr.

"Call me crazy but I see a little Derek Carr in his game," he said. "From the poise, decisiveness and quick delivery to the precision passing and athleticism, he looks like the real deal. ... The inexperience bothers me and I can't stop wondering why he couldn't beat out Marquise Williams (for the starting job in 2014-15)." An AFC scout quoted in the same piece also brought up Trubisky's inability to beat out Williams: "He has all of the tools. I like his arm talent, arm strength, and athleticism. He is the prototypical quarterback that you draw up. ... I just worry about the one-year wonder deal and the fact that he couldn't beat out Marquise Williams for two years. I don't care what anyone says. If he was (that good), he should've been able to win the starting job. There's something wrong with that!"
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 5:02 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay expressed concern over North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky's size and decision-making.

"I like Trubisky's mobility but have concerns about what his real size is and some of the critical errors he made," McShay writes, "including two bad interceptions versus Stanford." The analyst does include Trubisky on his latest Big Board, but only just, slotting the former Tar Heel gunslinger in at No. 27. Fellow Worldwide Leader Mel Kiper Jr. isn't so critical on his own most recent board, checking him into the funhouse at No. 10. In terms of where he might land in the draft itself, we have seen multiple mocks that peg him to the 49ers with the second overall pick. Even if he doesn't rise quite that high in the end, he is a likely Top-10 draft pick when all is said and done.
Feb 14 - 9:20 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang notes that North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky "grades very well in many of the areas" that he views as imperative for NFL success.

Among the attributes that Rang rattles off, "mobility in and out of the pocket, arm strength and most important, accuracy to all levels of the field." The analyst isn't all peaches and cream, though, writing that because of Trubisky's limited starting experience, he is still working to improve his reads. Rang slots the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder in as his No. 10 overall player in this draft pool on his most recent Big Board. ESPN's Mel Kiper likewise ranks him at No. 10 on his own Big Board.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 12 - 4:10 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell believes that North Carolina freshman WR J.T. Cauthen could be "the next stat-stuffer to star in [HC] Larry Fedora's offense."

Cauthen didn't receive a ton of love from Farrell's outlet, finishing in the final rankings with a three-star grade. Rivals ranks him as the No. 58 wideout in the country. There's potential beyond those bare rankings, though. At 6-foot-3, 207 pounds, he possesses the frame for red zone work. As Scout.com's Michael Clark notes, Cauthen is already adept at creating space using that natural size. The analyst writes that it is "very tough to bring [him] down" after he makes the catch.
Source: Rivals
Feb 11 - 7:32 PM

On his most recent Big Board, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. slotted North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky in at No. 10.

"I don't see a potential top-five talent at quarterback in this draft," Kiper writes, "but that doesn't mean a QB-needy team won't be desperate and pick one in the top five." To whit, Kiper is currently mocking Trubisky to the 49ers at No. 2. Noted the analyst, "He throws a nice ball, has some touch and velocity and is mobile, too. Experience is a question mark -- he just doesn't have a lot of tape." An AFC executive who spoke with MMQB's Albert Breer said earlier this week that he would "shocked" if Trubisky is not the first quarterback to hear his name called in April.
Feb 11 - 1:36 PM

UNC hired North Texas defensive coordinator Mike Ekeler as co-defensive coordinator.

Prior to his one-year stint under former Seth Littrell at North Texas, Ekeler coached linebackers at Georgia, Southern Cal, Indiana and Nebraska. Ekeler coached with John Papuchis, the man he'll be sharing DC duties with at UNC, at Nebraska.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 10 - 3:53 PM

UNC promoted linebackers coach John Papuchis to DC.

Papuchis replaces Gene Chizik, who stepped down on Thursday to spend more time with his family. "John is a natural fit to take over our defense given his role the last two years and his previous experience as a coordinator," said HC Larry Fedora. "He knows our players and staff and will seamlessly transition into an expanded role." Papuchis was at Nebraska from 2008-14, spending his last three years in Lincoln as the Huskers’ defensive coordinator.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 10 - 2:29 PM

The MMQB's Albert Breer spoke with an AFC executive who said he would be "shocked if (UNC QB Mitch) Trubisky’s not the first one off the board."

Another evaluator added that Trubisky will "ascend" as the process goes along, and teams like him in the top three area. Expect that conversation to dip a little at the NFL Combine, where Trubisky is expected to measure in around 6-foot-1. Josh Norris was told "it is what it is" by someone close to Trubisky when asked about the topic of height. The quarterback discussion might not be unanimous, but what is unanimous is the demand NFL teams have at the position. Four different passers could be ranked as the top quarterback.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 10 - 9:03 AM


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