The Chicago Bears pulled off a stunner with their trade for the rights to draft Mitchell Trubisky, so let’s take some time to get to know the quarterback of the future.
THE PICK (ROUND 1, PICK 2)
- Name: Mitchell (Mitch) Trubisky, aka Mr. Biscuit
- College: North Carolina
- Position: Quarterback
- Age in 2017: 23
- Height, weight, hand size: 6-foot-2, 222 pounds, 9-1/2 inches
According to Forbes, Trubisky’s contract projects to be worth $28,902,911 (which includes a $19,160,299 signing bonus) over four years. Because the Bears picked Trubisky in the first round, the team will hold an option for a fifth season of cost control.
STATS TO KNOW
- 2016 stats: 13 games, 304-447, 3,748 yards (68.0%), 30 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 157.9 rating
- Career stats: 31 games, 386-572 (67.5%), 4,762 yards, 41 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 157.6 rating
- 2016 Pro Football Focus Scouting Grade: 85.6
NFL COMBINE RESULTS (POSITION RANK)
- 40-yard dash: 4.67 seconds (4th)
- Vertical jump: 27.5 inches (10th)
- Broad jump: 116 inches (6th)
- 3-cone drill: 6.87 seconds (2nd)
- 20-yard shuttle: 4.25 seconds (4th)
- Accuracy. Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics have Trubisky ranking in the top 10 in several adjusted completion percentage categories, which account for drops and other things that hurt the quarterback that don’t go into a traditional completion percentage. Trubisky ranked eighth in total adjusted completion percentage, fifth in adjusted percentage against pressure, and third versus adjusted percentage against the blitz. His smooth, quick delivery will hopefully translate from college to the NFL.
- Athletic. Ran the fourth best 40-yard dash time among quarterbacks at the Combine, but also showed mobility and fluidity in moving in and around the pocket to make plays. He’ll need all that athleticism to escape pass rushes if the Bears don’t tighten things up at the tackle positions.
- Small sample, but Trubisky made more good decisions than bad when slinging the pigskin, evidenced by a 1.3% interception rate in 2016 and 1.74 INT% in 574 career passes.
- Inexperienced, not just in terms of games played, but also when it comes to experience in the pocket (nearly 98 percent of his dropbacks came from the shotgun formation), as well as seeing blitz packages, defensive fronts, secondary coverages, and other things a quarterback can experience on the field.
- Accuracy on deep ball doesn’t match what he does on short and intermediate passes, leaving something to be desired. Inconsistent at best.
- Quick release, but three-quarters delivery could result in added batted balls at the line of scrimmage.
NFL.COM COMPARISON: Matthew Stafford.
WHERE TRUBISKY FITS
Mike Glennon is the Bears’ starting quarterback for the 2017 season. Bears GM Ryan Pace said as much in his meeting with the media on Thursday night. Trubisky could be holding the clipboard for the entirety of the season, and that could be fine as he learns the nuances of being a professional in the huddle, on the sidelines, in the locker room, and off the field.
Best case scenario, Trubisky refines his game behind a well-paid starter (Glennon) and experienced back-up (Mark Sanchez) in a low-pressure environment, before taking the reins in 2018. Worst case scenario, Trubisky is thrust into action because of injuries or extremely poor play by the top two quarterbacks on the depth chart. From there, Trubisky gets some valuable on-the-job training as his ascent to being a productive NFL quarterback begins.