Chicago Bears: Ranking Ryan Pace’s first-round draft picks

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4. Mitchell Trubisky

I’ll be the first to come to the defense of Mitchell Trubisky. I actually feel bad for the young quarterback; it’s not his fault that he was drafted way too high and put into a system with a historically bad offense.

Ryan Pace should have never traded up to pick him. Even though he did have a lot of hype out of college, he had a small resume with only one year as a starter and he wasn’t even considered the best quarterback in his draft class. Granted, very few experts predicted that Patrick Mahomes would become the MVP-caliber quarterback that he is, but Trubisky was clearly valued too high, regardless of the competition.

I’ll go to the grave saying it: Trubisky could have become the best Chicago Bears quarterback to ever live and trading up for him still would have been a dumb trade. The 49ers came out and said that they weren’t going to draft him, or even a quarterback for that matter. No matter what Ryan Pace does, this will be a huge blemish on his resume for the rest of his career.

In terms of his on-field play, Trubisky hasn’t been awful. In fact, statistically, he’s been one of the better Bears quarterbacks we’ve seen in a while. It just so happens that Chicago has had some horrible players taking the snap year after year. Money Mitch was an obvious pick for last place, but unfortunately, the list doesn’t improve much from here.