10 worst Chicago Bears draft picks of Ryan Pace era
9. Mitch Trubisky, 2
Mitch Trubisky is obviously the toughest one to rank. Some fans will say that he should not even be on the list, the others say that he should be the number one player on this list by a mile. The compromise is number nine.
This is because on one hand, he led them to the playoffs multiple times as a starter, he currently is listed as a starter for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and most of these picks are not players who were NFL starters five years down the line, let alone so long with the team that drafted them.
On the other hand, the obvious factor is that he was taken second overall, the Bears traded up for him, and there were quarterbacks in Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes who went after him.
It is hard to dig into all of the Watson stuff, but he did fetch Houston three first-round picks. On the flip side, we all know what Mahomes is. Even if Chicago sat at three, and saw someone actually go second, they would have been fine, but they were that sure that Trubisky was better than Mahomes, and for that they have to get dinged.
The move also set off the spiral effect that cost Ryan Pace his job. He kept digging in deeper to keep his job, but it kept hurting his chances in the future because of the assets he was investing. The desperation moves to bring in guys like Andy Dalton and Nick Foles stem from this pick, as do contracts like Jimmy Graham because of the desperation Pace felt.