For a time, there was talk that Mitchell Trubisky would be the No. 1 pick in the draft. Well, after the NFL Combine, that will no longer be the case – not because Trubisky performed poorly, but because Myles Garrett was out of this world.
“I think Myles Garrett is going to be the No. 1 pick and then Trubisky is going to somewhere in the top 10 and then Deshaun Watson shortly thereafter,” Bleacher Report NFL writer Jason Cole said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I think Trubisky is the most prepared, but I think the best (comparison) for Mitchell Trubisky is Mark Sanchez, which is a guy who hasn’t played a lot and has got a lot of ability, a lot of polish, but you don’t know what he’s going to be in the NFL. So he’s the guy who classically drifts down the board a little bit and goes 5, 6, 8 – somewhere like that – and then you start the run of quarterbacks. That’s not to say he’s going to be Mark Sanchez, but right now the profile looks like Mark Sanchez where you don’t have a really good sense of is this a safe pick or not?”
Scott Ferrall can’t believe that the NFL Combine has become Super Bowl-like in its hype and attention. So does Cole, to a degree.
“I think it’s a little bit silly because I think they’ve made it more of a marketing device than what it was really intended for 20 years ago,” Cole said. “Now what it was intended for 20 years ago was too simplistic. This was an opportunity to market the league, but when you’re putting it on TV and you start worrying about image all of a sudden, that’s when you start cutting out Joe Mixon and Chad Kelly and the Zamora kid from Baylor and you say, ‘We don’t want those guys around.’ Well, it actually is important to have those guys around. It’s an important test of the medicals, the physicals, all those kind of things you’re going to do with players. And No. 2, and I think even more importantly, how do these guys react when put in this environment? This is a professional environment. There’s a certain expectation that they have coming into this event, and I would want to see them there.”