ESPN is reporting that one of the most important questions in the 2017 NFL draft is whether the Cleveland Browns should pick quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 1 overall selection.
The consensus around the league and among draft experts is that Trubisky is not worth taking at the very top of the draft and that the Browns should instead select Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.
Those opinions make it seem like Trubisky won't be drafted at No. 1.
But let's take a look at a multitude of reasons why the Browns could easily justify selecting the North Carolina quarterback with their first selection.
(Note: Unless otherwise noted, the collegiate metrics and associated rankings detailed below are from contests between Power 5 teams.)
Trubisky was one of the most accurate passers in college football last season. He ranked fifth in percentage of off-target passes (7.9), per ESPN Stats & Information data. This trait showed up on both dink-and-dunk tosses and downfield throws, as Trubisky ranked seventh in short pass off-target percentage (3.3 on aerials thrown 10 or fewer yards downfield) and sixth in vertical off-target percentage (15.3 on targets traveling 11 or more yards downfield).
These traits were key in Trubisky setting North Carolina records for most consecutive completions in a single game (18) and over a multigame stretch (30).