Reports: Browns looking at Mentor grad for quarterback in 2017 draft

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 10:  Mitch Trubisky #10 of the North Carolina Tar Heels thows a pass against the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on November 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 10: Mitch Trubisky #10 of the North Carolina Tar Heels thows a pass against the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on November 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

MENTOR, Ohio — It’s no secret, Cleveland is the town where quarterbacks come to die. Over 25 different quarterbacks have started a game for the Cleveland Browns since 1999. Perhaps the next quarterback the Browns draft might be different.

“He’s the great mix of that great thrower who can run, he’s not that runner that can throw it,” said Mentor football coach Steve Trivisonno. “He’s exactly what the NFL is looking for.”

Trivisonno is talking about his former quarterback, Mitch Trubisky who is now playing for the University of North Carolina. Trubisky was the Friday Night Touchdown player of the year in 2011.

“We knew we had something special at a very young age because basically all of our younger coaches that coached him said this kid understands the game of football,” said Trivisonno.

Over the weekend, a report surfaced that the Browns were honing in on the UNC quarterback for the 2017 NFL Draft. In the report one NFL club evaluator was quoted as saying, “Trust me, they love him.” FOX 8 spoke to Mitch Tribusky’s mom, Jean via cell phone on Monday.

“I know friends and family have said how cool it would be for him to come back and play and just being so close to Cleveland itself, that would be fun and exciting but also the same time I feel like there is a lot of pressure for a hometown kid to come in and do that,” she said.

Trubisky is a junior at UNC. He’s 6’3” and scheduled to graduate in December. He has not made up his mind about whether to declare for the NFL Draft or return to play another year for the Tar Heels.

“I think he is the perfect pro quarterback,” Trivisonno said.

Whether or not he’ll get a chance to prove it with the Browns, only time will tell.

If Trubisky declares for the NFL draft and gets drafted, he’ll be the first football player to turn pro from Mentor in 20 years.