Trubisky’s arm talent is undeniable, but his lack of experience is a concern for teams looking to invest a first-round pick in him. The most common question Trubisky has been asked during his meetings with teams is why he was unable to beat out former Tar Heel quarterback Marquise Williams, who went undrafted last year.
“I had a different journey,” Trubisky said. “Obviously, me and Marquise competed here and I felt like I won the job and I should've been the quarterback. But it was Coach Fedora's decision and he did what he thought was best for the team. Even though I hated being the backup as a competitor, I embraced my role and I found ways to get better on my own and I continued to push my teammates.”
Although Trubisky has transformed from a backup quarterback to a potential NFL star in just one year, the increased attention hasn't changed his approach: focus on his performance, not the environment.
In addition to Trubisky’s lack of experience, he also needs to prove his football intelligence, which is sometimes a challenge for quarterbacks that ran a simplified offense in college. Although Trubisky is coming from a no-huddle spread offense, Fedora is confident his quarterback will be able to adjust to a pro-style system.
“I think there's a lot of different spread systems,” Fedora said. “In our spread system, he's had full-field reads and half-field reads. He's gone through route progressions, reading coverage changes and routes changing. So I don't think the football thing there will be anything for him to learn.”
The major change Trubisky will have to undergo is calling plays in the huddle. In the NFL, plays are eight to 10 words long, as opposed to the one-word protection calls he made in UNC’s offense.
“Me and my quarterback coach, Ryan Lindley, would simulate installing plays,” Trubisky said. “I would practice calling it to a huddle and I also did that at the Gruden Camp, so it's just something that comes along with the process. I'm gonna embrace it and I'm gonna become really good at it so I can be put on the field and hope to win games.”
Even as Trubisky embarks on the challenge of becoming an NFL quarterback, he’s still just Mitchell, a boy trying to please his mother.
“Mitch, Mitchell, you guys are welcome to use either one,” Trubisky said. “I was trying to do my mom a favor, and it made her happy. So despite the media whirlwind that it's kicked up into, my mom was happy. So if I could do that for my mom, I don’t really care.”