One day after signing free-agent quarterback Josh McCown, the New York Jets were back on the quarterback trail. They were well-represented Tuesday at Mitchell Trubisky's pro day at North Carolina, another step in the evaluation process.
Because this is the silly season in the NFL, some will read too much into it. It doesn't mean they envision Trubisky as their quarterback of the future; it's just due diligence on the path to the draft. Truth be told, some teams believe these made-for-TV pro days are becoming less and less helpful, finding that private workouts are more beneficial. Perhaps that explains why general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles weren't in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to observe Trubisky.
But, as Trubisky mentioned to reporters after the workout, the Jets are among several teams that have scheduled private workouts. They're also expected to bring him to their facility for a pre-draft visit. He named the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs as other teams that will conduct private workouts.
As for his pro day, Trubisky completed 54 of 63 passes, including four drops, per USA Today. Watching on TV, hardly the ideal vantage point, he demonstrated quick feet and excellent footwork, especially on rollout-type throws. His throwing was solid, not spectacular. He displayed very good arm strength, especially on deep balls, but his ball placement was off the mark on a handful of short and intermediate throws.
But, again, don't read too much into a scripted workout with no pass rush and no defense. The tape matters most, and I can tell you the Jets are very intrigued by what they saw from Trubisky in his 13 starts last season. Enough to pick him sixth overall? I'd be surprised if that happens, but you never know.
A year ago, Maccagnan traveled to Penn State and fell in love with Christian Hackenberg in a private workout, eventually picking him in the second round. Despite a non-descript rookie year, Hackenberg remains in the team's plans. They certainly won't bail on a second-round pick this soon, but there's a reasonably good chance they will draft a quarterback at some point. That wouldn't bode well for Bryce Petty.
Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer will have his pro day on Thursday. And, yes, the Jets will be there.