"Any small school player we watch, we really want to see him dominate the level of competition and this guy definitely did that", said general manager Ryan Pace.
"The Bears agreed. They'd give two third-round picks and a fourth-rounder to move up one spot".
Trubisky comes to the Bears after only starting one season at North Carolina. He met with them at the combine and had another meeting with them around his pro day last month. "I'm just hoping he turns out to be something good; as long as they don't start him too soon". No, because I know how hard he worked.
The first round pick they had acquired from the Rams a year ago landed in the five spot in 2017 - sandwiched between the Jets and the Jaguars, two teams that could be in the market for a quarterback.
Even so, it was a surprising move for the Bears.
Chicago came into the second round with numerous perceived needs at safety and cornerback and it remains an area to look at when the draft wraps up Saturday.
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However, in the days since, the National Football League world is still baffled by the decision and the reported divide between GM Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox. "Go in there, work, compete and make this team better".
The word "upside" is the key descriptor surrounding the Chicago Bears heading into the 2017 season. Particularly in this draft, in which there didn't seem to be any surefire franchise quarterbacks available, and in which Trubisky was the maybe biggest question mark of the bunch.
"All they said was they're very excited and that they couldn't call me while I was back in the room because they were going nuts in the war-room", he said. "Right now, I think the tape will show that I have pretty good hands, but I want to be a complete guy that's going to do it all". When given my opportunity, I'm looking forward to taking full advantage of it. After trading down to acquire more picks, the Bears selected Tight End Adam Shaheen with the 45th overall selection in the second round.
The Titans main priority for its first first round pick was to find a top-end receiver for Mariota.
Linebacker Leonard Floyd, drafted ninth overall past year, showed some promise with seven sacks as a rookie. He helped anchor a Gators defense that finished the season ranked No. 5 in the nation for yards allowed (293 per game).
Mitchell Trubisky is the new kid on the block for the Chicago Bears and no one said that it would be a bed of roses.