CHICAGO – Indeed the Bears made a pick in the Top 3 of the NFL Draft. But instead of staying put at the third selection, they decided to move up to make sure they got the guy they wanted.
On Thursday night the team made a trade with the 49ers to trade up to the second pick in the draft to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
To move up and get the pick, the Bears gave their No. 3 selection to San Francisco along with a 3rd round pick this year and in 2018 along with this year’s 4th round pick. Trubisky is the first quarterback selected in the first round since Rex Grossman in 2003.
His selection was a surprise to even Trubisky, who told reporters that he only worked out for the Bears one time and didn’t hear from them till after they selected him with the second overall pick.
“I had one workout with them and after that it was pretty much silence so that’s why I was surprised to hear my name called because we didn’t have a lot of contact,” said Trubisky to reporters at Halas Hall on Thursday. “But obviously they had done their research, was impressed with me at the combine and my workout, but I haven’t had a whole lot of contact with them so that makes it just so much more surprising.”
A native of Mentor, Ohio, Trubisky played three seasons with the Tar Heels but made his greatest impact in 2016. He threw for 3,748 yards and 30 touchdowns compared to just six interceptions, completing 68 percent of his passes in 13 starts. He finished his career with 4,762 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Trubisky’s starts during the 2016 season were his first while in Chapel Hill.
I think I’ve had plenty of experience starting 13 (games), playing in 30. I’ve been around a lot of football. I was at North Carolina for four years,” said Trubisky. “I showed I’m continually progressing and really I’m only just scratching the surface from this year. So I’m going to progress in my first year in Chicago as well and show Chicago what I can do. Work hard and stick to who I am.”