On Tuesday, North Carolina's Pro Day attracted 75 NFL officials representing all 32 teams. The huge presence of talent evaluators were on hand to see several quality prospects, but one in particular was the main attraction, QB Mitchell Trubisky.
General manager John Lynch said last week that he, vice president of player of personnel Adam Peters, senior personnel executive Martin Mayhew, and quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello would be on hand to watch Trubisky's workout. The names were confirmed by those in attendance, and there were even some pictures.
As far as the Pro Day itself, Trubisky was reported by most to have a solid workout. The 6-foot-2, 217 pound prospect stood on his NFL Scouting Combine numbers and focused on field drills for his pro day. According to Gil Brandt, Trubisky threw 68 passes showing off his strong arm and decent accuracy. Brandt mentioned:
"If you went into the workout expecting John Elway, you would have walked away disappointed. But with proper perspective, NFL teams in search of a starting QB would have been satisfied with what they saw."
NFL Network's Mike Mayock reported in a video segment that Trubisky had a solid day and helped himself at UNC's pro day. Video segment can be seen here on the 49ers' main website.
Ken Medlin of WRAL-TV also added some positive feedback on Trubisky's workout:
And Andrew Carter of the Charlotte Observer noted:
Mitchell Trubisky doing a good job of throwing footballs here today. Very high completion percentage. Good spiraling.— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) March 21, 2017
Rob Rang of CBS Sports followed up with his observations stating:
"Trubisky was characterized as ‘solid but not spectacular’ by a scout attending the pro day. Trubisky’s scripted workout included a number of passes that highlighted his athleticism, roll-outs and bootlegs escaping a ‘rusher’ while releasing the ball from a variety of angles. Gusty conditions and drops from receivers contributed to a few incompletions from Trubisky but he showed good accuracy overall, including on deep balls."
However, not all opinions were coming up roses. From draft insider Tony Pauline:
"The UNC workout was held outdoors in windy conditions. For some reason the position drills for Mitch Trubisky and his receivers were last on the schedule, so there was a bit of waiting around for the quarterback.
And while Trubisky displayed a good arm and velocity on his throws, overall he struggled with his accuracy.
Receivers were adjusting to errant throws or leaving their feet to grab passes high of the mark. On occasion the ball left his hand funny and Trubisky was way off the target. There were a few drops of catchable throws, including a bad one by Ryan Switzer. Comparatively I thought Deshaun Watson’s workout from a week ago was better."
Despite differences in opinions, Trubisky still remains one of the top tier quarterbacks in this years' draft class.
From my perspective, Trubisky showcases a good combination of size, good mobility, and athleticism with decent arm strength (above average) capable of making NFL level throws. He displays good patience and solid pocket presence with excellent vision and awareness, and decent mobility showing efficiency in pocket movement climbing and navigating within and displaying quality movement out of the pocket utilizing quick feet and sound athleticism (not a true dual threat).
Trubisky has a quick release and overhand delivery, which bodes well for a North Carolina offense that likes to get the ball out quick. He shows efficiency going through all his reads, great accuracy and ball placement on short to intermediate routes (inconsistent on long balls although not afraid to launch it), great zip on most of his throws, a good decision maker, and displays excellent command of the field.
Trubisky will need to continue to improve upon his overall consistency and will need to work on his sloppy mechanics and footwork (upper body and footwork are not in concert relying solely on his arm), especially working from a dirty pocket. With the lack of starts under his belt, the one-year-wonder stigma will creep into people's minds, although with a college career total of 572 passing attempts, Trubisky is on par with a former 49ers first round draft selection in Alex Smith with 587 passing attempts.
Trubisky wasn't the only draw for scouts at North Carolina's pro day. A few other notable prospects impressed as well, such as RB T.J. Logan, WR Ryan Switzer, DE Mikey Bart, DT Nazair Jones, and CB Desmond Lawrence. The full list of North Carolina prospects to keep an eye on are shown further down.
Additional Pro Days
49ers Regional Scout Tariq Ahmad was at two pro days today. He was first seen at Merrimack's pro day, which highlighted two prospects in DE/OLB Josh Hill and Harvard's FB Anthony Firkser. There is a Facebook live link from NFL Draft Bible's Rick Seritella showing Ahmad leading drills shown here.
At the completion of Merrimack's pro day, Tariq Ahmad traveled over to Boston College's pro day, where he was seen measuring prospects' broad jumps.
Boston College's QB Patrick Towles and OLB Matt Milano had good showings during workouts, but the premier prospect to keep an eye on is FS John Johnson.
Scouts for the 49ers were on hand for Louisiana Tech's pro day, and according to Tony Pauline the 49ers met with WR Carlos Henderson on Tuesday night. One of my favorite receivers in the draft (he's on my radar to be drafted by the 49ers), Henderson impressed scouts in positional drills, along with his WR buddy, sticky fingers Trent Taylor.
Carlos Henderson is an explosive and highly productive playmaker with a nose for the end zone (scored five touchdowns in a game - twice). Henderson is a smooth and fluid quick-twitch receiver with excellent quick feet and the suddenness breaking in and out of his cuts exploding with elusiveness (very slippery after the catch) and great burst and speed. Displays impressive strong hands attacking and plucking balls in the air extending to make the grab, as well as top-notch vision and body control to make tough catches. Showcases excellent burst off the line of scrimmage and deep speed to take the top off coverages and terrific ball skills winning contested catches with savviness and tremendous ball skills.
Henderson also displays the ability to take a short pass and run after the catch with a big gain utilizing his explosiveness, superb vision and instincts knifing and slipping through defenders with outstanding suddenness and making consecutive moves in a short area avoiding contact. Brings value in the return game as one of the top kick returners in the nation. With the devoid of playmakers at the receiving position for the 49ers, Henderson provides the reliability and consistent high production to be a playmaker in the 49ers scheme both as a receiver and a rusher, as well as a legitimate threat in the return game.
Another WR receiver turning heads at Louisiana Tech's pro day was Grambling's Chad Williams. The combine snub wowed scouts with a blazing 4.37 40.
The 6-foot-1, 217 Williams posted a 35.5" vertical jump, a 10-foot-3 broad jump, 4.21s in the 20-yard shuttle, and 7.12s in the 3-cone.
Below are some draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on from the pro days 49ers scouts attended:
QB Mitchell Trubisky, No. 10, 6021 - 217 lbs., 4.67 40
RB Elijah Hood, No. 34, 5116 - 230 lbs., 4.58 40
RB T.J. Logan, No. 8, 5091 - 192 lbs., 4.37 40
WR Ryan Switzer, No. 3, 5084 - 179 lbs., 4.51 40
WR Mack Hollins, No. 13, 6'4" - 219 lbs., 4.53 40
WR Johnathan 'Bug' Howard, No. 84, 6'4 3/8" - 222 lbs., 4.58 40
OT Jon Heck, No. 71, 6'7" - 300 lbs.
OG Caleb Peterson, No. 70, 6'3 7/8" - 300 lbs.
C Lucas Crowley, No. 68, 6'2 1/4" - 294 lbs., 5.25 40
DE Mikey Bart, No. 45, 6'2 3/4" - 267 lbs., 4.84 40
DT Nazair Jones, No. 90, 6051 - 304 lbs., 5.11 40
CB Desmond Lawrence, No. 2, 5'11 3/4" - 187 lbs., 4.53 40
FS Dominique Green, No. 26, 5'10 3/8" - 187 lbs., 4.53 40
DE/OLB Josh Hill, No. 16, 6022 - 252 lbs., 4.7s 40
FB Anthony Firkser, No. 42, 6'2" - 230 lbs., 4.76 40
QB Patrick Towles, No. 8, 6'5" - 253 lbs.
FB Bobby Wolford, No. 36, 6'2" - 248 lbs.
OG Jim Cashman, No. 72, 6'7" - 302 lbs.
OG/OT Jimmy Lowery, No. 74, 6'4" - 290 lbs.
DE Kevin Kavalec, No. 93, 6'2" - 260 lbs.
DT Truman Gutapfel, No. 97, 6'3" - 288 lbs.
ILB Mike Strizak, No. 30, 6'2" - 239 lbs.
OLB Matt Milano, No. 28, 6004 - 223 lbs., 4.67 40
FS John Johnson, No. 9, 6004 - 208 lbs., 4.61 40
QB Ryan Higgins, No. 14, 6'2" - 207 lbs.
WR Carlos Henderson, No. 1, 5'11" - 199 lbs., 4.46 40
WR Trent Taylor, No. 5, 5'8" - 181 lbs., 4.63 40
OG/OT Darrell Brown, No. 75, 6'4" - 305 lbs.
SS Xavier Woods, No. 7, 5'11" - 197 lbs., 4.54 40
WR Chad Williams, No. 10, 6004 - 207 lbs., 4.37 40
On the slate for Wednesday, March 22nd: Ashland, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, Duquesne, Elizabeth City State, Fresno State, Massachusetts, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri State, Northwestern State (La.), Pittsburgh, Weber State, and USC.
Niners Nation's Jennifer Lee Chan has you covered for USC's pro day today.