Who are the worst Chicago Bears draft picks over the last 10 years?
By Evan Bruner
Chicago Bears 2017 NFL Draft: Mitchell Trubisky, QB
Selection: First Round (second overall)
Few draft misses in recent memory have defined a franchise more than the infamous Mitchell Trubisky pick. Concerned about another team swooping in and taking Trubisky, the Bears coordinated an unconventional trade with the San Francisco 49ers that saw Chicago move up a single pick to ensure they could grab the North Carolina product.
Before getting into the implications this pick had on the NFL as a macrocosm, we must first look at Trubisky’s disappointing career. Despite being labeled as the most pro-ready quarterback in the 2017 class, Trubisky didn’t exactly hit the ground running. Even after 2018 excited fans about his potential, Trubisky never took the next step. At 28 years old, he’s a backup quarterback, and will likely be one for the remainder of his career.
This pick would’ve left a sour taste in Bears’ fan’s mouths to begin with, but it was the subsequent draft picks that truly made the Trubisky selection sting. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was selected tenth overall, and the rest is history.
There are so many bones to pick with this selection that it would be unjust to only go after one. Trading up a single draft pick, drafting a bust with that pick, and having a generational talent at that same position go only eight picks later is any general manager’s worst nightmare.
Mistakes happen, but the conflation of these variables makes this move one of the biggest draft-day catastrophes in NFL history.