Bears trade up to No. 2, select QB Trubisky

Ross Houston
April 29, 2017

On the first day of the draft, the Bears traded up a spot to the No. 2 overall pick - sending four picks to the 49ers - to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

The first big surprise of the night did not take long as the Bears handed the Niners their third-round pick (67th overall) and fourth-round choice and Chicago's third-rounder next year to guarantee they could add Trubisky to their roster.

"I just really missed football", Shaheen said on a conference call. The Houston Texans climbed nearly as far to No. 12 for Deshaun Watson, giving the Browns their first-round pick next year.

The top of the draft was predictable: Roger Goodell got booed, then Myles Garrett was picked first by the Cleveland Browns.

With Garrett gone, the 49ers found a trade partner in the Bears and not only got their target in Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, but also picks No. 67 and 111 for dropping just one spot to No. 3. "But unless it doesn't come from the coaches, I know how to block that out".

Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen, facing concerns about past shoulder injuries, was taken with the next pick by the Washington Redskins. With one of the deepest defensive classes in years waiting for the call, three enormous trades shaped the top half of the first round, all for quarterbacks that, in a ideal world, would not even see the field for at least a season.

According to's Jeff Dickerson, some fans inside the United Center booed the Chicago Bears' first-round pick when his picture was shown in the arena.

Skill-position talent was the star attraction Thursday. "It's all handled!" That's a comforting thought right now, but at some point Trubisky will have to get on the field and actually be the player the Bears paid so much for. He's a former basketball player with a 6'6, 278 pound frame who's athletic.

"You're trying to anticipate what's going to happen", Texans GM Rick Smith said. "You've got all kinds of scenarios that you have to run to be prepared, because as much as you think you're prepared when the draft starts, it's such a fluid process that you've got to be able to react, and the only way to do that is to be in some respects prepared".

New Orleans, which chose Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore earlier, concluded the round with Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk.

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