Thursday night started off with the expected as Cleveland took Texas A&M Myles Garrett No. 1 overall.
Moments later, the Bears made noise by trading up one spot to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2.
The move with San Francisco cost Ryan Pace and company a third round pick (No. 67 overall), a fourth round pick (No. 111 overall) and a 2018 third round pick to move up to No. 2 from the No. 3 selection.
At first glance, the move is very strange to see. It caught nearly everyone by surprise. There had to be trade talks with other teams for that No. 2 selection and Pace likely felt that Trubisky would be taken before them.
That’s really the only explanation in my mind.
Despite signing veteran quarterback Mike Glennon this off-season and releasing Jay Cutler, the Bears’ front office just made a splash with the drafting of Trubisky.
At 6’2″, 222 lbs., Trubisky comes from a pro-style offense with the Tar Heels where he proved to be a dual-threat. However, he started just one season, coming as a junior where he threw for 3,748 yards, 30 passing touchdowns and six interceptions.
The potential is there with Trubisky and the thinking with Pace has to be a wait and see approach. They can develop him slowly behind a true professional in Glennon. Signed to a three-year, $45 million deal, the Bears can rid themselves of Glennon with just $3 million in dead money after this season.
This isn’t to say Glennon is as good as gone, but with salaries over $12 million the next two seasons, you have to believe that Trubisky will be ready to go in 2018 if not before that point.
Trubisky has a strong arm, can make good reads with eyes and his scrambling ability is very underrated.
I had the Bears taking Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas at No. 3 and he was taken there but it was by San Francisco instead.
This is going to be a highly talked about move for quite some time and Pace better hope that Trubisky pans out into a stud. He’s risking his future on this one player.
Everyone knows you need a franchise quarterback to go places and with Cutler gone after eight seasons, the Bears’ quarterback room will look a whole lot different.
Bears remaining picks:
Round 2 (No. 36)
Round 4 (No. 117)
Round 5 (No. 147)
Round 7 (No. 221)
Thoughts on the selection of Trubisky?