It didn’t take too long for teams wheelin’ and dealin’ in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Chicago Bears moved up from the 3rd overall pick to the 2nd as they swapped picks with the San Francisco 49ers and drafted North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

The Bears also traded a 3rd and 4th round pick this year and a 2018 3rd round pick to the 49ers. When the trade was announced, many expected the Bears to go with Stanford DE Solomon Thomas. The 49ers wound up taking Thomas. But the Bears, who signed Mike Glennon this offseason, is taking a risk trading that much and choosing Trubisky.

Since none of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft are NFL starter ready yet, it sets up is a scenario where Glennon will likely be the Bears starting QB this season while Trubisky learns the position in the NFL. Then in Trubisky’s second year, he will compete for the position. The Bears are hoping that Glennon plays well, setting up a scenario where they either have to keep him or use him as trade bait if they want to go with Trubisky.

While the Bears seem to be satisfied with the move, I feel the Bears gave too much to move up one spot. Yes, the 49ers need a quarterback and the Bears could have been concerned about someone else like the Brown trading up to the 2nd pick for Trubisky. But no matter how you slice it, it’s a huge gamble to spend that much to move up one spot and get a quarterback who isn’t ready to be a starter.

Bears fans will be on pins and needles hoping Mitchell Trubisky brings the Bears back to the promised land of the NFL. Especially since Trubisky will have to do that against the rival Green Bay Packers and he seems quite fond of them.

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