Mitch Trubisky could create up to 5 surprises in the NFL Draft
There are moments in every draft where Whisky Tango Fox falls out of just about everyone’s mouth involuntarily. Why should the 2017 NFL draft be any different.
Marino and O’Brien
In 1983, with Pitt quarterback, Dan Marino, still on the board, the New York Jets Drafted DII UC Davis quarterback, Ken O’Brien.
Rodgers and Smith
In 2005, The San Francisco 49ers committed a similar draft day blunder picking Utah quarterback, Alex Smith, with Cal quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, on the board.
Colossal Draft Busts
Ken O’Brien vs. Dan Marino
Ken O’Brien wasn’t even a draft bust. O’Brien might have been a mild disappointment. But, O’Brien made the Pro-Bowl twice and posted a 96.4 quarterback rating his second year.
However, when you compare Ken O’Brien to what was on the board, Dan Marino, the story changes. Compared to Marino, O’Brien was a colossal bust.
LSU quarterback, JeMarcus Russell
JeMarcus Russell impressed John Clayton at the combine and the Oakland Raiders took the bait.
By year three, the Oakland Raiders only played Russell in four games. Russell hasn’t played in the NFL since.
Of course, there are numerous other busts, Trent Richardson, Tim Couch etc.
1. The Browns pass on Garrett
Nothing is a sure thing, but Texas A&M edge rusher, Myles Garrett, comes pretty close. At the moment, Garrett shows up on 97% of the first picks of the 2017 NFL Draft. That many people can’t be that wrong.
This is a list of drafted QBs taken in the last three years. If they were in this class would you take any of them over Myles Garrett? pic.twitter.com/Wxw9lbivvO
— Positive Browns Fan (@browns_fan_pos) April 20, 2017
Quarterback seems to be a hard position to draft well. Drafting number one is a challenge also. There is a lot of pressure on the team to win. Coaches are usually on the hot seat. And the number one pick is looked to as the team’s savior.
Garrett might not be the Cleveland Browns savior. But he is a better pick than a second round talent that plays quarterback.
2. Cleveland Browns draft Mitch Trubisky #1
The name that has been floating around as a replacement for Myles Garrett is UNC quarterback, Mitch Trubisky.
Cleveland has not made up its mind at No. 1, per source. Split opinions. Some like Myles Garrett, some like Mitchell Trubisky. We will see.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 12, 2017
That’s just crazy talk.
If the Browns draft Trubisky at 1 over Myles Garrett they should no longer be an NFL team
— Ben DeFelice (@Ben_DeF) April 15, 2017
Okay, that might be a little much. But, you get the point.
Trubisky drafted number one might not be a surprise because draft analysts are talking about it. But it generates a Whisky Tango Foxtrot.
But the Browns drafted Kentucky’s Tim Couch, when they regenerated in 1998. So they’ve shown the capacity to draft a basketball school quarterback before…that busted.
3. The Trubisky draft train
Trubisky is a second round talent. A one year starter at UNC. And yet the Browns are talking about drafting him number one overall. But they aren’t the only ones that might draft Trubisky in the first round.
Will Brian Hoyer be the answer for the Niners
Trubisky could also go number two overall. The San Francisco 49ers don’t have a long term solution at quarterback. The Niners signed Brian Hoyer during free agency. But if he was a franchise quarterback why hasn’t he stuck with five other teams he’s played with.
Browns must Draft Trubisky early
The Browns are talking about drafting Trubisky number one overall because of the New York Jets.
The Jets are going into the 2017 season with a 37 year old Josh McCown. Josh McCown played very well for the Bears a couple years back. But at 37, is McCown really a franchise quarterback?
The Browns probably wanted initially to take Trubisky with the 33rd pick of the draft. The first one of the second round.
“I’d rather take Dobbs in the Second round than Watson, Kizer, Mahomes or Trubisky in the first round” – Todd McShay of ESPN
— Draft Dr. Phil (@FulphilO) April 16, 2017
But Trubisky kept moving up the draft to the point it looked like the NY Jets wanted Trubisky at six.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars draft Mitch Trubisky at 4
Moving along with the Trubisky draft train, why wouldn’t the Jaguars draft Trubisky at four?
Blake Bortles isn’t working out. He provides more points for the other team. So why not Trubisky at four?
They’ll find a way to go 3-14 with Blake Bortles at QB https://t.co/TQlxnIUDWJ
— Isdamid Seylin (@sideeyespecial) April 21, 2017
It isn’t like the Jaguars would lose anything by drafting Trubisky. Right now, it looks like the Jaguars are drafting the second coming of Trent Richardson, in Leonard Fournette.
It is better to take a second round talent in the first round, than an outdated position player.
5. No quarterbacks in the 1st round
The biggest surprise I could think of is if all the teams held their ground and passed on quarterbacks until the second round.
Most analysts consider Trubisky the best quarterback talent in the draft. Although, they consider him a second round talent.
— COACH SUTTON ♠♥♣♦ (@TJSUTTON12) March 7, 2017
But there are too many teams that need a quarterback for Trubisky to slip to the second round. Read how Trubisky could become the number one overall pick.
The biggest draft surprise
Trubisky at one. Or Trubisky at 33. Either one could be a surprise.
In fact I just saw a mock draft today that had Trubisky going to the Bears at 3.
There are thousands of combinations with players to teams. But, the biggest surprise is the one no one see coming.