CLEVELAND, Ohio The Browns will have to decide if they want to make hometown
boy Mitch Trubisky the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
Trubisky, the Mentor, Ohio, native Discount Football
Jerseys and North Carolina quarterback, declared for the NFL draft Monday
in an article on The Players' Tribune.
"After a lot of prayer and thought, I have decided to forgo my senior year
and enter cheap jerseys the NFL draft,'' he
wrote. "This has been the most difficult decision I've ever had to make. But no
matter what happens next, I know I'll never experience something as special as
being a Tar Heel.''
Trubisky is coming out after starting only one season for the Tar Heels and
going 8 5. The lack of experience is the biggest knock against him, but he
received a first round grade from the NFL advisory board and is regarded by
some as the best quarterback in his class.
The Browns have the No. 1 and No. 12 overall picks in the draft and are in
the market for a franchise quarterback.
Trubisky (6 2, 220) finished his college season by completing 68 percent of
his passes for 3,748 yards with 30 touchdowns and six picks.
"Going to the NFL has been my goal ever since I was a little boy,'' he
wrote. "And now that I have that chance, I'm incredibly excited.''
The Browns are heavily recruiting all wholesale jerseys the top
quarterbacks in the draft, including Trubisky, Clemson's Deshaun Watson and
Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer.
Browns Executive Vice President of Football seahawks jersey Operations Sashi
Brown and Andrew Berry watched Trubisky in person in the Sun Bowl, where North
Carolina lost 25 23 to No. 16 Stanford.
Trubisky, the former Mr. Football from Mentor High, almost tied the game at
the end, but was sacked on the two point conversion attempt. He had pulled the
Tar Heels to within two points on a 2 yard TD pass with 25 seconds left to cap
a 97 yard drive.
A redshirt junior, Trubisky completed 23 of 39 attempts for 280 yards, with
two touchdown passes and two interceptions, including a pick six. He also lost
a fumble that was forced when he ran into an official.
Watching Brown and Berry watch Trubisky
He showed some athleticism, mobility and first round ability, but most draft
experts are wary of Trubisky's limited experience. "There's a lot about his
skill set that will translate quickly to the pro game, which is why he will be
considered a potential top 10 pick. But his ability to use the whole field and
decipher coverages are areas that will require more development.''
Brugler observed that Trubisky, coming out of a spread offense, has good
upside potential but that patience will be required. Do the Browns have time on
"His tape shows a very efficient passer with athleticism and an accurate
arm, making mostly sound decisions,'' said Brugler. "But he can be fooled at
times, something we saw in the Sun Bowl with two interceptions to the safety
reading his eyes. Like most young quarterbacks who need to be developed in key
areas, the organization and fit where he is drafted will determine a lot.''
ESPN's Todd McShay doesn't believe Trubisky is worth the top pick.
"It's not a great year to be drafting early and needing a quarterback,'' he
said last month on a conference call. "There's some depth, but I don't see any
elite prospects among those I've reviewed so far. No QB in this class is worth
the No. 1 pick.''
CBS Sports draft expert Rob Rang is also concerned about those 13
"For all of Trubisky's talent, the fact that he was unable to earn a
starting role until this, his third full season with the Tar Heels, is a bit
disconcerting,'' Rang told The Mercury News. "He's not as safe a prospect as
any of the four quarterbacks taken with the No. 1 or No. 2 overall picks in the
past two drafts. But need at the position could earn him this high of a
In addition to the quarterbacks, the Browns will consider the top two
defenders in the draft, Texas A Myles Garrett and Alabama's Jonathan Allen,
with the No. 1 pick.