UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky is entering the 2017 NFL Draft. The Tar Heels are now left with little experience under center.
Mitch Trubisky’s career at North Carolina has come to an end.
The Tar Heels quarterback has decided to leave school and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. He announced Monday morning in an article for The Players’ Tribune that he is foregoing his final year of eligibility.
“Going to the NFL has been my goal ever since I was a little boy,” Trubisky wrote. “And now that I have that chance, I’m incredibly excited.”
The fourth-year junior began to impress NFL personnel early in the 2016 season, particularly after he helped lead UNC to late comeback victories over Pitt and Florida State. He completed 68.2 percent of his throws for 3,748 yards with 30 touchdown passes and just six interceptions this season. His accuracy and awareness in the pocket are traits that are attractive to pro scouts, and he is expected to be one of the first signal-callers off of the board.
Trubisky joins a list of underclassmen quarterbacks headed to the draft that includes Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes and Miami’s Brad Kaaya. The deadline for players to declare is Jan. 16.
With Trubisky’s departure, UNC will be left with little experience at the quarterback position. Logan Byrd and Chazz Surratt both redshirted during their freshman season, while redshirt freshman Nathan Elliott did not see a lot of action as Trubisky’s backup. Former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire has been linked to Chapel Hill, and as a grad transfer he would have one season of eligibility remaining and would be able to play immediately should he decide on UNC.