MENTOR, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns may draft a franchise quarterback Thursday, and many in northeast Ohio hope the team chooses a player with local ties.
Mentor native Mitch Trubisky finds out his NFL fate in just a couple days. His former high school football coach said Trubisky wants to come back home.
"Yeah, he'd love to be a Cleveland Brown," said Steve Trivisonno.
Trubisky shares a feeling that's also felt by many people in his hometown. From shirts, to #PickMitch signs at his former middle school, it's clear the Mentor community wants to see their quarterback go from being a Cardinal to a Brown.
"Is he good enough? I think he is and I believe a lot of people in the Cleveland organization believe he is," Trivisonno said.
Trivisonno's proud of his former player. He coached Trubisky at Mentor High School all four years. He'll be at the draft in Philadelphia on Thursday to cheer him on.
"We knew he was special in the beginning. He was always that kid who was dominant," Trivisonno said.
Trubisky's force on the football field took Mentor to the state quarterfinals. People around town who don't even know him want to see him make his way back to the Midwest.
"I want to see him come home. I would love to see him be a hometown boy," said Breakwall Tavern bartender Kayla Znadarsic.
At Breakwall Tavern in Mentor, they're promising to pour $1 beers the night of the draft if the Browns choose Trubisky.
"He's got the arm, he's got the heart to play in Cleveland, and it takes heart," Znadarsic said.
It's clear Trubisky pours his heart and soul into football.
"Wherever he goes, he's the kind of kid who's going to be the face of a franchise," Trivisonno said.
If Trubisky heads back home, Trivisonno has no doubt he'll help the Browns succeed.
"Will there be pressure at home? Sure, but he'll also have a lot of support and I think Cleveland fans are looking for that guy that's going to come back here and lead them to the playoffs," Trivisonno said.
Trivisonno said 2017 is the first year Mentor has had someone in the draft in about 20 years.
Mentor High School is putting on a draft party Thursday at Noah's Event Center from 7 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are $35 per person.