North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky became the first Tar Heel quarterback ever selected in the first round of the NFL Draft when the Chicago Bears chose him with the No. 2 overall pick on Thursday night.
"I knew I was going to end up where I'm meant to be and I'm meant to be in Chicago," Trubisky told ESPN moments after his name was called. "I'm just so thankful for an organization like Chicago to come and get me. It shows that they believe in me. I can't want to go to work. I'm going to give it absolutely everything I've got for them... It's a dream come true. It's as surreal as it gets."
The Bears traded up from the No. 3 pick at a heavy cost – giving San Francisco a third-round pick (No. 67), a fourth-round pick (No. 111) and a 2018 third-round pick – to be able to draft Trubisky. Chicago signed former N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon to a three-year deal worth $45 million in March, which likely will allow Trubisky to acclimate to the NFL without being forced into a starting role as a rookie.
“I’ve been told that Mike Glennon is the starter, that’s what [general manager Ryan] Pace said when he brought him in, and I look forward to going in there and competing as always,” Trubisky said during his post-selection press conference. “Everywhere I’ve been my whole life I’ve been a competitor and I’m just going to go in there and compete, and I’m going to learn from the guys and help them as well. It’s all about helping the Chicago Bears organization win. That’s all that matters.”
The Mentor, Ohio native set UNC single-season records for touchdown passes (30), completions (304), attempts (447), passing yards (3,748) and total offense (4,056 yards) in 2016.
The primary question surrounding Trubisky’s draft stock was his lack of starting experience (13 career starts). His blend of size, athleticism and accuracy far outweighed that concern, however, as the 6-foot-2, 222-pound quarterback paired a 68.0 completion percentage in his junior season with a 4.67 40-yard dash and a 4.25 20-yard shuttle at the NFL Combine.
Trubisky is UNC’s eighth first-round draft pick since 2008, which is the second-highest total of any ACC school (FSU, 9). He represents the fourth first-round pick in Larry Fedora’s five seasons in Chapel Hill.
"I'm thrilled for Mitch and his family," said Fedora, who attended the draft with Trubisky. "Chicago is getting a tremendous person who is obviously a talented quarterback. He's the total package. He did everything we ever asked of him and worked tremendously hard to put himself in this position. He'll work extremely hard in Chicago to become the best he can be."