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The Chicago Bears confused analysts and fans Thursday night when they traded up with San Francisco to draft North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky 2nd overall in the 2017 NFL draft. Analysts, fans, and even myself thought that the Bears would likely take one of the elite defensive players such as Jamaal Adams (safety), Marshon Lattimore (corner), or Solomon Thomas (defensive end). It was unlikely that Myles Garrett would still be on the board at no. 3, but at least one or two of those other players would be.

Bears trade up to draft Mitch Trubisky
The Chicago Bears traded up with the 49ers to draft NCU QB Mitch Trubisky no. 2 overall.

The Bears desperately need help in their defensive secondary, especially considering the elite passers that are in their division (Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford, and maybe even Teddy Bridgewater if he returns healthy). They did pick up Prince Amukamara (CB), Markcus Cooper (CB), and Quintin Demps (S) in free agency to add some depth, but they still need more help at those positions. If a safety or corner wasn't available, then an elite pass rusher that could pressure those rival QBs would be the next best thing. The Bears offense actually moved the ball pretty well towards the end of the season, scoring 20 or more points in 4 of their last 5 games. The problem was their defensive was giving up 30 or 40 points.

I'm not complaining about drafting Trubisky. I like the pick, and the Bears need a quarterback. I just think that the Bears have severely overpaid for it considering their earlier offseason moves, and that a defensive star should have been higher priority. Everyone seemed to think that the 49ers were going for Solomon Thomas -- or maybe Jamaal Adams. And, in fact, the 49ers did use their number 3 overall pick to get Thomas after all. So it seems (on the surface) that Trubisky would still be there for the Bears at number 3 if the Bears wanted him.

NFL analysts and fans were dumbfounded by the Bears' first round draft trade.

Maybe the Bears were tipped off that someone like the Jaguars were offering a trade with San Fran to get Trubisky? Maybe the Jags were worried about Chicago picking Trubisky at number 3 and wanted to leapfrog to get him? Or maybe the Jets were looking to trade up? That's the only way that this trade makes sense. Or maybe the 49ers outright swindled the Bears? The Bears gave up this year's third and fourth round picks, as well as another third round pick next year, so this was a pretty costly trade considering they only moved up one spot, and the 49ers got a super-sweet deal. They got the guy they wanted all along, and they get two more mid-draft picks to fill other needs or as capital to trade.

What this tells me is that the Bears still have no real clue what they're doing at quarterback. They already committed a huge amount of money to get backup quarterback Mike Glennon from Tampa Bay (a decision that also confused me). Then they signed Mark Sanchez as a veteran backup. And then they go and give up multiple draft picks to move up and take another quarterback at 2nd overall? What's happening?

Mike Glennon
The Bears still expect Glennon to be the starter.

Were they planning on drafting a QB in the first round all along? In that case, they severely overpaid for Glennon!

Have they somehow already lost faith in Glennon? Unlikely, since they apparently told Trubisky that Glennon is the projected starter.

Did they fall in love with Trubisky late? In that case, the pick just wreaks of desperation.

Do the Bears even know what they're getting in Trubisky? They apparently hadn't spend much time with him prior to the draft. There was so little contact, that Trubisky himself was stunned to have been chosen.

Best case scenario is that there's an open competition between Glennon and Trubisky that makes both players better. In that case, the Bears get a no. 1 QB either way, and the other has high trade value if the Bears decide to deal him in a couple seasons. Worst-case scenario is that neither QB looks ready for a starting job, and they both sit behind veteran Mark Sanchez. The ugly scenario is that one QB, the other, or both feel spurned by Chicago's apparent unwillingness to commit to them and it creates a morale problem and controversy.

This also makes the loss of Alshon Jeffrey look even worse. Now they have two quarterbacks potentially competing for the starting job (three if you want to count Mark Sanchez), but no clear number 1 receiver for any of their quarterbacks to throw to. They did pick up some free agent receivers that should help add depth, but I'm still not sure that there's any clear number 1.

The draft continues this weekend, and we'll see if the Bears' decisions in the remaining rounds are more sensical. In any case, it looks like 2017 already shaping up to be another rocky and frustrating year for Bears fans. Maybe it's not too late for me to jump on the Las Vegas Raiders bandwagon? But "MegaRaidersFan" just doesn't have the same ring to it...

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