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!
Image from: http://bearswire.usatoday.com/2016/11/29/2017-mock-draft-sends-mitch-trubisky-to-the-chicago-bears/
Deshaun Watson is a good quarterback but has some flaws to fix in his approach to the game in order to really excel at the next level. His athleticism has carried him this far but will not carry him through any sort of lengthy NFL career if he wants to be a starting Quarterback.
Deshaun’s footwork is good for a man of his size and stature but he could increase his speed in his short drops. Thus getting some distance between himself and the offensive line in order to complete quick passes against loose man and zone coverages. This will in turn help with his reading the field by giving him more time to see everything develop. Through my analysis, his vision of the field and knowing the defenders locations paired with the route the receivers routes is poor and delivery is slow. His delivery to receivers during the combine and his pro day were late by atleast .3-.4 tenths of a second which is all a great cornerback in the NFL will need.
He needs a better field of vision and become more knowledgable on the receiver’s routes so that he can increase his completion ratio and connect to receivers on those key plays. This is very important for routes such as the slant, the 5 yd out, 10 yd out, the dig route or a deep in route.
Deshaun Watson’s pocket presence is very poor to moderate. He seems to like to become mobile when he feels a little bit of pressure. Understanding that he might have that play maker mentality but only a very few QB’s in the NFL have been able to pull it off and remain active in the league. The main one that comes to mind is Cam Newton and even he has changed his game a little bit.
Deshaun needs to learn to be able to maintain the integrity of the pocket his offensive line will give him in order to gain their trust because when it comes time for him to become mobile, they will be more apt to help protect him. Watson’s location he holds the ball in relation to his shoulder is optimal to produce and effective throw with the least amount of wasted motion thus increasing his delivery time.
He does need to put some more zip on the ball because it seems like some of his just kind of fall flat on balls that seem to be needed to be on a rope to beat a defender. If he can’t lead a receiver and catch them in stride with a ball thrown on a rope then he doesn’t deserve to be drafted in the first round. As it stands, I would see Deshaun Watson going to the Redskins or Bills and signing probably a deal that looks something like $55 mil over 4 years with $30 mil guaranteed.
Given all of his achievements while at Clemson does not, in my opinion, make him a solid first round pick that will provide solid numbers for the team that drafts him. He finished his college career with over 10,000 yards in just 3 years of play while at Clemson and he only played 8 games as a Freshman. His potential is enormous and can definitely find some room to grow. He will make a solid quarterback in the NFL within 2 seasons; I would not expect him to come out of the gate and lead a team to the Super Bowl right off the bat. He does not apparently have any off the field issues, atleast none that has really made the news.
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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!