The 2017 NFL Draft has officially added one of the expected big names. North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky announced on Monday that he will forego his senior season and declare for the Draft. Trubisky only started one season at North Carolina, but he certainly made the most of it. In 13 games this past season, he completed 68.0 percent of his passes for 3,748 yards, with 30 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
Trubisky has been projected as a potential No. 1 or No. 2 pick. Most mock drafts have Myles Garrett going No. 1 overall, but with the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and several other teams looking for a quarterback, this is a strong year for him to come out. The QB class is relatively weak, with a lot of questions about all the prospects. Trubisky could end up slipping if teams focus on the strong defensive prospects at the top of the draft, but for the time being, it seems all but certain he will go in the top half of the first round.
He will be competing with DeShaun Watson and DeShone Kizer to be the first quarterback off the board. The 49ers have a big long-term need at quarterback, but with a weaker class, will they choose to reach for a quarterback at No. 2, or consider other options there and see who falls a bit? The rebuild is only just beginning, so getting a quarterback in to start developing is valuable. However, you don’t want to reach on a quarterback just because you think you need to get a quarterback early this year.