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NFL Mock Draft 2017: Mitch Trubisky falls to Houston Texans

With the No. 25 overall pick in the 2017 Bleeding Green Nation community mock draft, Houston Texans GM GotFunds selects ...

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Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

The pick.

So in this mock draft, quarterbacks are not overrated and overdrafted, and surprisingly, no quarterbacks have been taken by pick 25, and so the Texans, who may I remind you, sold Brock Osweiler for a 2nd rounder, find themselves with perhaps the best quarterback prospect in the draft sitting in their lap. NFL.com compares him to Matthew Stafford, except that he ran a 4.67 40. One of the biggest knocks against Mitch is his lack of experience of experience.  Having only started 13 college games, he has hardly ever taken a snap under center, or called a huddle.  As we all saw in "Hard Knocks", and the second half of the 2016 season, not having that experience can hinder a rookie quarterback so hard, even if they have a beautiful pass (ahem Jared Goff).  So why take Mitch if he has limited experience and hasn't run a pro style offense?  Well the answer is that the Texans have not had a franchise QB since Matt Freakin Schaub.
The tTxans won a playoff game last year with Brock Osweiler, after their first choice (Tom Who-is-this Savage).  They have been riding their defense and have proven they can win with a hindrance at the QB position.  Taking a QB in the late first makes sense for them, because it is someone who can come in and learn and grow and eventually be great.  There have been numerous second round QBs in recent memory who came in and were great starters.  (Derek Carr, Teddy Bridgewater and Colin Kaepernick.)  Why can’t Trubisky be any different?

The Prospect.

Mitch Trubisky. 6 Foot 3, 210.  It is likely that since the Eagles have a starting QB, many readers have not done a lot of homework on this years class (I said most, so don't get your panties in a knot if you are a 2017 draft class QB guru!)  Let’s learn a bit about him together then. Like it was stated earlier, he is a big armed QB, comparable to Stafford.  He also brings in an additional skill set in, which is his speed.  With his 4.67 40, he was a huge running threat, especially in the redzone.  He is a smart player, and can diagnose coverages, but not that quickly.  He is sometimes slow to make throws, even after he makes the read.  It’s not that he has a super slow release, but more so that he just holds the ball for a split second or so longer than needs be.  He also is very inconsistent with his footwork.  When he does properly step up and set himself up, he can throw dimes.  However, because he has such a big arm he often gets lazy and does not set himself up for throws, which causes them to be inaccurate.  Luckily both of these main problems can be fixed with a professional NFL coach.

Final Thoughts

Picking Mitch makes sense for the Texans for plenty of reasons.  He gives the Texans a potential franchise QB.  Nfl.com has him as the number 8 player in the draft.  He can grow with a great defense, and some pretty amazing WRs.  His strong arm style is something benefits everyone with players like Hopkins and Fuller.  Even if he isn’t starting right away, the Texans are prepared to start Tom Savage this year, and giving an extra year for Trubisky to work out his kinks.

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2017 BGN Mock Draft Order

1) Browns (JALupowitz): Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M
2) 49ers (sports00fan00): Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
3) Bears (gubby): Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
4) Jaguars (TheWhalwing): Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
5) Titans (drc242): Jamal Adams, S, LSU
6) Jets (boomorbust): Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
7) Chargers (NowWhat?): Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
8) Panthers (B-Potts): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
9) Bengals (Kiko’s Delivery Service): Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
10) Bills (jimmyrustler): O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
11) Saints (NotSoSlick): Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
12) Browns (Straight Edge Sid): Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
13) Cardinals (Paulie97): Haason Reddick, LB, Temple
14) Eagles (ablesser88): Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
15) Colts (mconner96): Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
16) Ravens (The Man, The Myth, the Matthews!): Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
17) Washington (kbruneault): John Ross, WR, Washington
18) Titans (mchiodo): JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR USC
19) Buccaneers (ei78): Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
20) Broncos (NVEagleShark): Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
21) Lions (Shark Fighter): Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
22) Dolphins (J. Wil): Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
23) Giants (BigWardy59): Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple
24) Raiders (big DUB): Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
25) Texans (GotFunds): Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
26) Seahawks (Rogmcc23):
27) Chiefs (B1G Cat):
28) Cowboys (RegalEagle):
29) Packers (Wutang_):
30) Steelers (General_Lee12): 
31) Falcons (SirJon):
32) Saints (Huffs_cellmate):