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Colin Cowherd Rips J.J. McCarthy: 'He's Mitch Trubisky With a Better Coach'

Colin Cowherd Rips J.J. McCarthy: 'He's Mitch Trubisky With a Better Coach'

Colin Cowherd: “I would say about every third draft there is a ‘star' quarterback that is going to be a first-round quarterback and I just don't get it. Tebow, Johnny Manziel, Mitch Trubisky, Daniel Jones, Zach Wilson -- I just didn't get it. 
My quarterback this year that is a ‘star’ and I don’t get it is JJ McCarthy of Michigan. I think he’s Mitch Trubisky with a better college coach. He’s mobile, he’s a nice kid, but his ball dies, and he misses easy stuff; he misses too many layups. Unless his feet are pointed in the right direction, he’s set, he’s got time, and he can look down his receiver, he’s not that accurate consistently. I just don’t see it.  
What I just described: protection, your feet are set, you’ve got everything ready to deliver, you’ve got space... That’s MICHIGAN, that’s not the NFL. At Michigan you had perfect protection. The kid got sacked almost never. He played with the lead, he had a run-game – that is NOT the NFL. What are you when stuff implodes, when you have to throw moving left, or uncomfortable in a muddy pocket? That’s not Michigan. McCarthy is not that big, his arm is pretty average. 
The Ringer's Ben Solak on JJ McCarthy:
‘There are some real red flags on his profile. I found his accuracy to the outside really wanting, especially to the left. His velocity starts to tail off. The red flags don’t preclude JJ from NFL success, but they make him seem a little scheme-specific.’
It’s very Trubisky, that’s what I see, which is worrisome and his mechanics start to crumble as well. I think he works in Minnesota with Kevin O’Connell, Aaron Jones, Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, TJ Hockenson, and a great left tackle. I think he can work in Minnesota but I don’t think he’s a top five guy ever, and I see a lot of Trubisky. He is my ‘I DON’T SEE IT’ quarterback, I’ll say it right now. I like Caleb and Jayden Daniels. I get the traits of Drake Maye, I think Bo Nix works if he gets Sean Payton, I think Penix works if he can get Mike McDaniel, or the Seattle situation with his college OC.
McCarthy has to land perfect for it to work in my opinion. Not saying it can’t work, but it would all have to line up perfectly to work in any degree.”

Watch Colin Cowherd of FS1’s The Herd explain why former Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy sits atop his ‘do-not-draft' list for Thursday’s 2024 NFL Draft, as Colin doesn’t believe McCarthy is talented enough to warrant a top five pick.

Check out the segment above as Colin compares McCarthy to derided NFL backup QB Mitch Trubisky, saying there’s nothing about his game that jumps off the page.

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