The 2017 NFL Draft is in the books! I am sure a lot of people are shocked at some of the picks and the moves that GM’s made. I, for one, was shocked that Bears traded up and got Trubinsky at the #2 pick. This is a great choice for me because they can mold and work with him. They have some good coaches and they need someone that can relate to younger fans and they can rally around. Whether he starts this fall is another question.
However, with the Draft over with it is time to evaluate these rookies in their progress throughout the summer and see whom can fulfill and come through with all this new pressure put upon their shoulders. It is going to be a great season this year for sure and there will be some teams coming out of no where this year and this could prove exciting.
Meanwhile, we will have to start evaluating the College Athletes that are making a move to help their teams make it to the post season as well as continue their football careers. As the season progresses, I will focus on some of the prominent standouts and try to pick them apart for positive gains. But I will also be looking for those sleepers that will show themselves late in the season! Players will get injured this season and this will impact a lot but nevertheless everyone will be watching, evaluating and grading.
We will have to keep an eye on off the field issues, especially during the summer months because this is when most things happen! It would be nice to see someone step up at these schools and try to be a positive impact on these young players and help them make better decisions.
Best of Luck,
Leonard Fournette might be expected to be the best running back in the NFL draft for 2017, but he has some serious flaws that make him very over rated in my opinion. While he does weigh in around 240 pounds, making him a large framed running back, his 40yd time was 4.51 which is good for a man of that stature. However, given the agility of the defensive line in the NFL now and its only going to improve, Fournette can not be put in the same category as Bo Jackson or Adrian Peterson.
While their styles might be the same, there is one settle difference between them all. Making initial reads is a vital thing for running backs in the NFL and this guy is lagging in that department. If he can’t make an initial read from the time he gets to the line of scrimmage until the snap of the ball, then he is just a giant body on the field. His speed and agility are good but without the ability to read the defensive line and the outside linebackers and being able to make a decision on whom has the best path to the QB on his drop, this could spell disaster.
This is one thing that QB’s want in a running back and we have seen ample QB’s get hammered because the RB either didn’t make the block or they just straight up could not read the defense and cost the team an injury. I would take him in the late first round and would see him going to either the Redskins or even the Bills for a 3 yr deal and he would even be a great fit for the Arizona Cardinals as well.
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Mitch Trubisky in his three year career at North Carolina only played a total of 31 games over his span at UNC and only started 13 of those games. He completed an estimated 387 passes on 572 attempts giving him a completion percentage of 68%. Trubisky’s best year was 2016 when he finished the season with 3748 yards but he was sacked 20 times throughout the 2016 season.
However looking at his videos, his poise within the pocket is one of the best if not the best that I saw this season. His ability to remain calm when the pocket collapses around him and he still would not become mobile and complete a pass that was typically in excess of 10 yards was phenomenal in my opinion. Many quarterbacks in the NCAAF would have decide to go mobile and take a risk running the ball instead of maintaining poise and stepping just outside the pocket to complete a pass.
One of the other things that I like about Trubisky is that his ability to hold a play action and actually read the ends and outside linebackers moves and make his read from that. He holds this longer and is very effective in this and one of the best this year at the option offense. While his speed is not blazing fast, his break away speed and unfearful of getting hit make him a solid triple threat quarterback. It does need to be noted that when Trubisky runs, he tucks the ball like a running back and runs instead of holding the ball out and away from his body like a majority of the quarterbacks are notorious of doing over the last few years.
Trubisky might have only started 13 games throughout his career at UNC but his ball position held by his head allowing his reaction time and delivery to be much quicker and make the throws into very tight windows. This ball position alone allows him to maintain his composure when the pocket collapses and he steps outside the pocket and complete a pass down the field. If he was holding the ball lower like Tim Tebow’s style his delivery would be slower and more difficult to complete in my opinion. Those passes are on a rope and delivered into a small window of opportunity.
He does not have the typical experience that all these scouts and coaches like and would discount. But the flip side to that coin in my opinion is that he is more coachable and his willingness to learn will benefit any team willing to take a chance on him. I would hate to see him go to the Browns because of their lackluster approach to protecting quarterbacks. They have had a bad span of luck with drafting quarterbacks in the first round. Trubisky is an apparent Browns fan and will love to be there, but I think he would be better fit for the Steelers and learn from Ben Roethlisberger or even the New Orleans Saints and learn from Drew Brees.
I would like to think that Trubisky would get a 4 yr deal totaling something in the $30 Million dollar deal but this is all dependent upon the team that decides to draft him and what they can offer the guy!
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This is the post excerpt.
With this blog, I am going to evaluate the NCAA Quarterbacks that are looking to be drafted to play at the next level. I will evaluate the players ball position in reference to their throwing motion and their delivery times. As well as looking at their pocket presence and their ability to maintain composure if and when the pocket collapses around them. The pocket will collapse at some point during the game and their immediate actions can affect the outcome of the game in the end. Whether it is tuck the ball and go mobile, or maintain their composure and step outside the pocket and complete a pass down the field.
Through this blog, we will also evaluate atleast two teams that would be a good fit for the quarterback and the financial side of the sport that gets the players paid. It is important to note that the amounts I feel they should get are personal and that each team has different amounts of funds they can utilize because of salary caps and rookie money caps as well. This is my personal opinion and only my opinion and will not show and favoritism to anyone!