College coach says Mitch Trubisky will measure up to NFL scrutiny

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You can tell we’re getting close to the NFL Scouting Combine, that magical time of year when football-starved men obsess over fractions of inches.

(Write your own punchline, funny guy.)

So after NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock suggested that North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky might only measure 6-foot-1-something, UNC coach Larry Fedora said he didn’t think that was the case.

For what it’s worth, Trubisky is listed as 6-3 in the Tar Heels media guide, such that a number inscribed by the PR staff in Chapel Hill matters.

“I think it’s funny,” Fedora told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I love this time of the year watching how they just tear every kid apart.

“I promise you Mitch will be tall enough. I’ve never said Mitch was 6-3, so I don’t know where any of that came from, but he’s going to measure probably 6-2 or a little bit taller than that. I don’t know exactly because I’ve never put a tape on him, but he’s going to be tall enough to be successful, I promise you.”

Fedora said he’d be “really shocked” if Trubisky was only “a little over 6-1” as Mayock said he’s been told by scouts, and reiterated that his quarterback’s height wasn’t an issue.

“At this time of year it’s always about tearing kids down. I think Mitch understands that. He’s very confident in what he can do, and I’m sure he’s going to throw at the Combine and then I’m going to make a bet that he’s going to throw at our pro day (March 21) too. I don’t think he’s going to be scared to hide anything.”

While only a measuring tape in Indianapolis will tell the official truth —unless Trubisky has lifts in his socks (#alternativeheight) — this will hopefully put this mini-controversy to bed.

Now we can worry about the only real measurement that matters for quarterbacks — How big are his hands?

12 responses to “College coach says Mitch Trubisky will measure up to NFL scrutiny

  1. None of that means he’s going to be any good. Hundreds of guys who turn out to be busts “measure up”. Drafting a QB is always risky.

  2. Definition of qb height

    A qb height is a data that measure of how stupid scouts can be to when they overlook promising qb because they’re a BIG 1 inch shorter of the prototype 6-2 QB

  3. How tall is Drew Brees again…? i think he did alright.

    Not that he’s as good as Brees (we’ll see), but lack of height can be overcome if the talent is there.

    (oh, and LMAO @ #alternative height!!!!)

  4. I would encourage everyone at home to take a out a ruler and see how big one inch is. If you are an average size adult male, it is about as long as the first joint on your index finger.

    That’s what we’re talking about here. Seriously.

  5. Coach is right that a couple inches HEIGHT-WISE don’t matter for QBs except for the Mel Kiper worshipers who only look at numbers. However, the coach should NOT have guaranteed his height or denied not knowing his incorrect height listed in his own media guide. This will all be sorted out at the Combine. Claiming something and then denying not knowing where facts come from has very familiar ring these days coming from DC.

  6. I’d be more concerned about the missed throws and turnovers in his bowl game than I would be about whether he’s 6’1 or 6’3.

  7. You’re never going to “find” a QB at the combine. You find them on tape. Guys like Joe Montana and Tom Brady never look as good as the other guys at workouts. That’s why they got drafted late. But if you look at their college tape, they played the same way they played in the NFL. Guys like Elway and Aikman look good everywhere, so they go #1. Trubisky only played one year, so he’s a little harder to evaluate, but the workouts aren’t going to tell you anything. The head scratcher is a guy like Dak Prescott. He looked great on tape. Looked great at the workouts. But he didn’t get a lot of hype. So he went in the fourth. When you go back and look at his college tape, you can’t believe he wasn’t a top 5 pick. Scouting QBs is hard.

  8. I remember when they said Russell Wilson was to short for the NFL. Scouting and the weather man have also the same odds of being right, I would love to have that type of job

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