Oh boy, if there was a scenario no one seriously considered, it was the Chicago Bears and general manager Ryan Pace actually trading up in the 2017 NFL Draft. But in the end, it appears rampant draft rumors pushed the Bears along to the first shock of the night. That shock being moving up to No. 2 overall with the San Francisco 49ers to select North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky.
The Bears gave up the No. 3 overall pick, this year’s third-rounder at No. 67, this year’s fourth-rounder at No. 111, and next year’s third-rounder to move up to get Trubisky. In layman’s terms, that’s a lot of assets. In any shape or form, that’s a lot of assets. It appears the rumors of how split the Browns were on Myles Garrett and Trubisky, actually turned out to be true, and Chicago was afraid someone else would snatch him up.
Quite the bold move and with this bounty given up, the future of the franchise is now at stake under Trubisky. No pressure at all. Whatsoever.
Let’s grade the Bears’ trade-up and selection of Trubisky at No. 2 overall.
To be clear, this harsh grade has nothing to do with Trubisky as a player. I think it would’ve been perfectly fine if the Bears just picked him at No. 3 overall. Football is a quarterback-driven sport and Chicago and Pace are highly investing in the position.
And while this is an initial reaction, no, no, this has almost everything to do with the trade. I don’t think the trade-up was in any way necessary for the Bears to get their “guy” because as evidently as possible, Trubisky was Pace’s guy. This was a team with a lot of clear needs across many positions and they gave up some premium assets for a player with 13 career college starts. I’d expect a lot of efforts to trade down throughout the rest of the draft, but this immediately puts the Bears in a precarious position of filling talent elsewhere.
What should be noted is that is definitely Pace’s team, for better or worse. So give him credit in having the audacity to “go for it,” I guess.
Getting a young quarterback to develop and giving up those assets in such a bold move signifies as much. The vision is the future, not necessarily to win now. He took the inside track to get who he believes will be a franchise quarterback, who some compared to Aaron Rodgers. This is his player. Who he wants to invest the future in. It’s just going to take time and patience. Pace as a general manager is staking his career on this selection, that’s not in doubt. Should it actually pan out, all of the hoopla over giving up these draft picks will be gone, because Trubisky erased them - as star quarterbacks tend to do on teams with flaws.
That “plan” people have been talking about with these rebuilding Bears and Pace. Well, here it is. Laid out on a platter, clear as day.
For now, we obviously won’t be able to see the immediate dividends with Trubisky. For now, Mike Glennon will be under center. (Watch out for Trubisky possibly pushing for the starting job by mid-season, though.) It’s Pace throwing darts at the quarterback board knowing he has to get this position right above all. That’s commendable. For a franchise with a history of perhaps not trying enough at the position, why not just push in your hand on the table. That’s the ideal you seek.
Still, while in the long term maybe these fears are mitigated, being extremely apprehensive at what was given up is still okay.
At this current moment only, it’s difficult for me to see the Bears coming out as winners in this Trubisky deal in any light.
Now it’s your turn. Grade the Bears trade up to No. 2 overall and subsequent selection of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
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Robert Zeglinski is the Bears beat writer for the Rock River Times and is a staff writer for Windy City Gridiron. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski.