I feel like a hypocrite.
For weeks, and all day Thursday, I told anyone who would listen — most people aren't interested in listening to me, but I digress — that the Bears needed to take the quarterback. In fact, when writing it, I was super dramatic about it.
TAKE. THE. QUARTERBACK.
See how impactful that is? Wouldn't you feel compelled to do something that was instructed to you in all caps and with periods in between the words?
So, the draft started, Myles Garrett went No. 1 to the Browns (as expected), then the first shock of the evening: The Bears have moved up to No. 2.
Speculation immediately began that the Bears were on the verge of taking Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas. The ESPN cameras showed a smiling Thomas, who clearly had just gotten the call he was about to become the No. 2 overall pick.
"With the second pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select, Mitchell ..."
The moments immediately following are a bit of a blur. I blacked out for a moment. When I came to, North Carolina Mitchell "Don't Call Me Mitch" Trubisky was meeting the commissioner and holding a Bears jersey with his name on it.
Then, we found out the Bears gave up three additional picks (in addition to No. 3 overall) to move up that one spot.
Ryan Pace just got clowned by 49ers rookie GM John Lynch. There was no doubt in my mind.
The Bears had their quarterback. I'd been screaming to TAKE. THE. QUARTERBACK.
But, not that quarterback, and not in that way. I had hoped against hope that they would take Clemson's Deshaun Watson (who later went to the Texans in one of the draft's more shrewd moves).
I also was of the mindset that the Bears would be looking to acquire more picks and not give them away. You know, with them having a terrible roster and all.
Then, I heard Trubisky speak. There were tweets from Bears media guys with content from their conversation with Trubisky.
The Bears hadn't called Trubisky to tell him he was being picked. In fact, it seems the team had pretty much no contact with their soon-to-be franchise savior since meeting with him at the NFL Combine months ago.
So, let me get this straight: The Bears' young GM, Ryan Pace, staked his career and reputation — believe me, that's what happened here — to a guy who played 13 games at a mediocre football school, losing five of those games, and who they hadn't even had visit their facility?
Here's where I'll give Pace credit: He identified the guy he wanted and went and got him. That's admirable and gutsy.
But, what I want to know is, when did he fall in love with him? Was it on the 13 game films that display a QB not quite ready for the spotlight? Was it during a meeting — or series of meetings — at the combine months ago?
Why wouldn't they call him to tell him the good news right before the pick was made?
Frankly, this all baffles me. I don't get it. I wanted the Bears to get a quarterback, and they did. Some believe he was the best available at the position. But at what cost?
Look, if Trubisky works out, losing the 3rd- and 4th-round picks this year and another 3rd next year won't matter, even though this is a roster with a lot of holes and those picks also needed to produce good players. If Trubisky winds up being the Bears' quarterback for the next 10 years, nobody will care about the price they paid.
But if he doesn't, then a young GM who has shown some promise put his name on the right shoulder of a guy who, developmentally, feels like a coin flip. I'm not sure I'll ever understand that.
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