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Chicago Bears trade up to select North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky in the first round

The Chicago Bears have selected QB Mitchell Trubisky out of North Carolina with the number two overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Chicago Bears didn't wait long to make a move in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night. 

After acquiring the number two overall pick in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers, the Bears selected whom they hope is their quarterback of the future in former North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky.

Chicago gave up their 2017 first round, 2017 third round, 2017 fourth round and a 2018 third round pick to move up one spot and grab the former University of North Carolina quarterback. It's the second-straight year the Bears have traded up in the first round. In 2016, they traded up two spots to No. 9 to select Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd.

Trubisky spent three seasons at UNC but only started his junior year in 2016. In 13 games for the Tar Heels last season, Trubisky set UNC single-season records with 3,748 yards and 30 touchdowns. He leaves UNC ranking fifth in career passing touchdowns (41), sixth in passing yards (4,762), and seventh in total offense (5,201) in school history.

He didn't turn the ball over much during his time at UNC and had a streak of 243-consecutive attempts without an interception. 

NFL Draft analyst Lance Zierlein broke down Trubisky in a scouting report:

Trubisky is a high-end quarterback prospect who possesses NFL size, a big arm and the ability to throw with accuracy from the pocket or on the move. Despite playing in a spread-based offense, he's a full-field reader who does a very good job of getting an early read on the safeties before crafting his course of action. Trubisky will have to become much more pocket aware and do a better job of recognizing and attacking blitzes to back NFL defensive coordinators off. He hasn't put all the pieces together yet, but the puzzle is all right in front. Trubisky projects as a good starting quarterback with a high floor and the potential to be great.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound quarterback will likely start the 2017 season behind veteran Mike Glennon who signed a three-year deal with the team in the offseason. 


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