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NFL: Why did the Bears draft Trubisky?

  • NFL: Why did the Bears draft Trubisky?

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The Chicago Bears' decision to select Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has left current quarterback, Mike Glennon, in an unfortunate and unwanted predicament.

After originally occupying the third overall slot, Chicago's front office sent the San Francisco 49ers their first, third and fourth round picks for 2017, as well as a 2018 third round pick, in order to move up and make the move for the North Carolina quarterback.

Trubisky's selection came as a surprise to Glennon, after the former Buccaneers backup put pen to paper on a three-year deal worth US$45 million this past March.

Despite starting just 18 games in four seasons, Glennon's big money move to the Windy City marked a fresh start for the franchise following their decision to part ways with Jay Cutler after eight seasons.

But while the Bears seem to see an even brighter future in 22 year-old Trubisky, general manager Ryan Pace was quick to clear up any confusion concerning the team's plans for the new season.

Per ESPN's Jeff Dickerson, Pace assured Glennon of his starter status:

"There is no quarterback competition when Mitch gets here," he said.

"Glennon is our starting quarterback. We'll focus on Mitch's development and Mike Glennon winning games for the Chicago Bears."

While it appears the franchise will support Glennon as their preferred option under center, redshirting Trubisky will provide the young passer plenty of time to find his feet before taking the reigns in 2018.

Trubisky generated plenty of discussion prior to the draft and, despite having just one full season as a starter at the collegiate level, entered in as one of the top quarterbacks available.

A polished, athletic passer; Trubisky's accurate arm and release, coupled with his disciplined feel in and out of the pocket, provide him with the potential to be a reliable high-end franchise quarterback in the NFL for years to come.

In the meantime, he'll need both time and plenty of practice. Hopefully for Glennon, he takes as long as he needs.

The Chicago Bears begin their 2017 season at home to the Atlanta Falcons on September 11 (AEST).
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