TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's no secret that the Arizona Cardinals are taking a long hard look at the quarterbacks in this year's NFL draft.
Vice President of Player Personnel Terry McDonough said during an in-depth and revealing interview on ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter's podcast "Know them from Adam" that Arizona has worked out and brought in for a visit the top quarterbacks in this year's draft. Presumably that includes former North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, though coach Bruce Arians doesn't comment on specific reports of whom the team is meeting with.
Trubisky fits the mold of an Arians' style quarterback. He's 6 feet 2 and 222 pounds -- tall enough to have a presence in the pocket and sturdy enough to take a hit.
Despite the tangibles, Arians had one major concern about Trubisky, whom he described as "really talented."
"The growth potential is obviously there," Arians said. "The question is why wasn't all that talent starting for the last three years? That's always bugging me. So you have to go and answer those questions with him, with his coach, but the physical talent is there."
Trubisky started only 13 games in his college career -- all coming during his redshirt junior season. He redshirted as a freshman in 2013 and backed up Marquise Williams during the next two seasons. But when Trubisky was given his chance to start, he capitalized on it. He set the North Carolina single-season record for touchdown passes (30), completions (304), attempts (447), passing yards (3,748) and total offense (4,056 yards). He also threw just six interceptions, two of which came in one game, against Virginia Tech. He completed 68 percent of his passes, which led the ACC and was sixth best in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
When the Cardinals draft at No. 13 overall, there's a good chance Trubisky might be long gone. Draft fodder has him going anywhere from No. 1 to Cleveland on down.
The talent, Trubisky showed, is there. To some, his skill set is comparable to one of the NFL's best quarterbacks.
During Trubisky's pro day in March, ESPN NFL Draft Insider Todd McShay reported that an NFL personnel director had said Trubisky's quick release, arm and balance while on the move reminded him of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
While Arians sees Trubisky's talent, he thought that comparison was a reach.
"That's a hell of a scout," Arians said. "I don't know how you can compare those two. When Aaron was coming out, he was in a totally different offense. I'm old enough to know when Aaron came out because I evaluated him. I think Mitch probably has a stronger arm coming out than Aaron did, but to say anybody reminds you of somebody, to me, it's just physically, stature-wise or just arm-strength wise.
"I wouldn't put that much pressure on a guy to say he's Aaron Rodgers. Again, Aaron started a bunch of games in college."