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3 reasons the Bills should draft: North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky

Position: Quarterback.

School: North Carolina.

Measurables: 6-foot-2, 222 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.67 seconds. Vertical jump: 27.5 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.87 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.25 seconds.

Career stats: 32 games, 386 for 572 (67.5 completion percentage), 4,762 yards, 40 TDs, 10 INTs.

Draft projection: First round.


1. He is built like a classic pocket passer, but has excellent mobility. His solid frame and strong arm are enough to make him attractive to any team seeking a long-term starter. It's the added bonus of his tremendous athleticism that sets him apart from other quarterback prospects. Trubisky's raw talent is immense, as is his confidence as a passer. No part of the field is ignored when he throws.

2. He is only a one-year starter, yet managed to establish himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the draft. The fact he was parked behind Marquise Williams for two seasons after his red-shirt year in 2013 is seen as his biggest drawback. Still, Trubisky wasted no time making an enormous impact. His completion percentage in 2016 ranked third among passers in power-five conferences. His passing yards, completions, touchdown passes, and total yards (4,056) were single-season school records.

3. He has exceptional toughness. Trubisky consistently stands tall in the pocket. He does a good job of maintaining poise and making good decisions with where to go with the ball, which he delivers quickly and with a tight spiral – usually before the receiver comes out of their break. He shows an exceptional feel for pass-rushers, and uses his nimble feet to avoid them and buy time. But Trubisky also displays a great deal of competitive fire.

Fun fact: He's a former Mr. Football in the state of Ohio and grew up a fan of the Buckeyes, but once they signed J.T. Barrett as a quarterback recruit, Trubisky committed to North Carolina. Alabama and Tennessee were among the other schools pursuing him.

They said it: "He's got quick release, a big arm, good feet. He moves around the pocket fairly well. … However, one year as a starter. I look at that and go, 'OK, 13 games. How many two-minute situations was he in? How many four-minute situations where he knew he had to bleed the clock and make calls at the line of scrimmage and do pass protections and get the ball out?'" –NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 27. Up next: Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer.

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