The North Carolina Tar Heels saw one of their own taken by the Chicago Bears with the second pick in the NFL Draft.
It was sort of the way people had thought it would go for North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky. There was a fair amount of talk of someone trading up to the second pick to make sure to get him. It’s just that the talk was the Cleveland Browns doing it.
The Browns are evidently committed to this analytics concept. They took Myles Garrett at one, and they proceeded to move down ever since. They will be not be taking a quarterback Day One unless they are big DeShone Kizer fans way down at twenty-five.
Trubisky went at number two in the draft. The team that took him was the Chicago Bears. It was a surprise to be sure, but it gives you an idea of how highly the Bears view him. They just went and signed Mike Glennon, so this seems to be a move where Trubisky would to grow and learn for a couple of years. That’s a good thing, because the Bears are missing weapons right now for Trubisky to distribute to.
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Trubisky becomes the highest Tar Heel quarterback taken in the draft. When will we see him is yet to be determined. John Fox was careful to bring in Rodney Peete in Carolina and then force Jake Delhomme to win the job outright from him. Delhomme, not a good practice player, did not do that until a battlefield promotion in the first game of the 2003-4 season.
The Bears still have plenty of work to do in this draft, and they will be short a third round and a fourth round selection that they used to get up one spot in the first. The also had to surrender a third rounder from next year to make the trade.
Final thoughts: John Fox likes quarterbacks that limit mistakes and make good decisions. For the most part, Trubisky was that guy and will be even more so once he gets more experience.