INDIANAPOLIS (92.3 The Fan) – Since he was a kid growing up in Mentor, Ohio, Mitch Trubisky dreamed of what it would be like to play quarterback in the NFL.
This week in Indianapolis he is enjoying the job hunt of a lifetime at the NFL Combine.
Many in northeast Ohio would love to see the Browns draft the hometown guy, who starred at Mentor High School, but Trubisky is prepared to play wherever he has to when the commissioner calls his name next month in Philadelphia.
“I’m going to excited wherever I go,” Trubisky said. “I have a lot of pride of where I’m from that being my hometown, but no matter what team selects me I’m going to be super excited. I’m going to work as hard possible wherever I go.
“It’s been a dream come true. It’s been a dream of mine to play in the NFL since I was a little kid, so whoever picks me, it’s going to be a dream come true.”
Trubisky is scheduled to meet with the Browns Friday night for a formal interview.
Playing quarterback for the Browns, who hold the Nos. 1 and 12 overall picks in the draft, is seen by many as a death sentence and career killer.
Cleveland has chewed up and spit out quarterbacks while leaving behind a graveyard of pigskin tossers since 1999. Take into account the 1-15 season the Browns are coming off of and just how bad the team is every other year too, and that is a lot of pressure for anyone – let alone a hometown kid – to come in and be expected to save the floundering franchise.
Trubisky isn’t deterred by the challenge.
“There’s going to be pressure pretty much everywhere you go,” Trubisky said. “There’s exterior pressure, but there’s not more pressure than the one I put on myself. Nobody can put more pressure on me than myself, and I expect more out of myself than anybody else. So that’s kind of how I go about my business.”
The most common question Trubisky, who credits his high school coach Steve Trivissono for his success, is facing from teams this week is about his experience – or lack of – at North Carolina where he started 13 games.
“I think I definitely have enough experience,” Trubisky said. “I only have 13 starts but I played in 30 games. I’ve come in off the bench and I’ve seen significant time. I was prepared really well at North Carolina by coach [Keith] Heckendorf, a really good quarterbacks coach, and I’ve studied the game. I’m a student of the game and I’ve seen a lot of defenses, and I think that’s going to help me. And just my abilities, I feel like I’m in a really good spot right now to take my game to the next level, and I feel really confident.”
In his 13 starts in 2016, Trubisky completed 304 of 447 (68 percent) passes for 3,748 yards with 30 touchdowns and 6 interceptions for the Tar Heels. Over 3 years in Chapel Hill Trubisky completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 4,762 yards with 41 TDs and 10 picks.
Trubisky has impressed league executives and to say he could be a top-10, or even top-5 selection would not be an overstatement. Not by a long shot.
As to criticism that this class of quarterbacks isn’t very good or worthy of being picked at the top of the draft, Trubisky doesn’t buy it.
“Who’s to say this quarterback class can’t be one of the best,” Trubisky asked. “Only the future will tell. I think there’s a lot of talented guys here and that’s what we’re here to show and hopefully it will throughout our careers.”
As he meets with teams this week at the combine, Trubisky is taking a simplistic approach.
“Just show them who I am, be myself,” said. “I’m confident in who I am and I’m confident that I can be a franchise quarterback at the next level.”