First-year starter who set North Carolina single-season records with 3,748 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 4,056 yards of total offense, earning Third Team All-ACC honors in the process. Completed 82 of 125 passes for 1,014 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions as a backup in 2014 and 2015.
Up-and-coming quarterback coming off a sensational campaign. Quickly sets up in the pocket, does a terrific job sensing the rush and steps up to avoid it. Shows great pocket presence, goes to check-down receivers regularly and displays a sense of timing on throws. Sells the ball fakes, buys as much time as possible and doesn’t make poor decisions. Takes off up field rather than forcing the ball to covered targets and keeps his feet moving in the pocket. Keeps his head on a swivel, goes through progressions and possesses a live arm. Sits in the pocket and waits until the last second before releasing the ball. Throws with a solid base, fires passes downfield and powers the ball to targets. Possesses a quick release and his passes have good velocity. Accurate while flashing the ability to precisely place throws. Throws good corner and fade patterns. Loses nothing throwing on the move and accurately hits receivers when outside the pocket. Knows where his receivers are on the field. Picks up yardage with his legs when necessary.
Changes his release point. Occasionally releases the ball off his back foot. Misjudges deep throws on occasion. Struggles finding the safety at times.
Trubisky came out of nowhere last season to lead North Carolina to eight wins and put himself in the conversation as the top quarterback in this year’s draft. He offers next-level physical skills and mental intangibles but has a thin body of work and will need time before he’s NFL-ready. Trubisky comes with a nice degree of upside but also has downside and risk.