The 2017 NFL Draft season hits its first major markers this week in the march to late April. Monday marks the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. Additionally, practices begin on Monday for the East-West Shrine Game and the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. They will be followed next week by the Senior Bowl.
As we make our way fully into the draft season, the baseline of mock drafts appears to be fairly settled. I’ll be updating the mock draft database later today, but it is safe to say we will see a lot of Myles Garrett and Mitch Trubisky at the top. CBS Sports released the latest mock drafts from Rob Rang and Dane Brugler, and they both have that combo going 1-2.
Here is what they each had to say about the 49ers pick.
The 49ers were nearly as bad on offense as the Browns were on defense last year, among the reasons why Chip Kelly was shown the door. San Francisco ranked 27th in points scored, 31st in total yards and dead last in passing yards. Sure there is skepticism surrounding Trubisky, who only emerged as the Tar Heels starter in 2016, but other than experience, he possesses many of the traits scouts look for in a franchise quarterback including accuracy, arm strength, mobility and poise.
San Francisco desperately needs to life at the quarterback position, regardless of the front office and coaching situations. Despite only one season of starting experience, Trubisky has all the traits to be a successful NFL starter.
The draft is obviously about projecting what a college player can do at the next level. But, depending on the position and level of competition, the projection level can be more or less. With quarterbacks it often is a bit more, and with Trubisky, it would seem to be even more so. He only has one year as a starter under his belt. He is viewed as having the tools needed in the NFL, but with such limited experience, there will remain plenty of questions, particularly if he joins a team as bereft of offensive talent as the 49ers.
All of these mock drafts are going to be tough to figure for at least another week or two or three. The 49ers coaching staff and general manager remain unsettled. The team needs a quarterback no matter who ends up in charge, and I imagine the interview questions include plenty about the quarterback position.